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Francis Calley Gray


Francis Gray was born in Salem, Massachusetts, September 19, 1790. He graduated from Harvard in 1809 and was admitted to the bar in 1814. "His life was devoted chiefly to literary pursuits. He served as the private secretary to John Quincy Adams, contributed to the North American Review, and was poet of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge." [William T. Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 128 (Boston: Boston History Co., 1895)(vol.1)]


Francis Calley Gray, Poem spoken at Cambridge, before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard University, August 27, 1840 (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1840)


F.C. Gray, Letter to Governor Lincoln, in relation to Harvard university (Boston: W.L. Lewis, printer, 1831)(Boston: Carter, Hendee, and Babcock, 2nd ed., 1831) [online text]

Francis C. Gray, Prison Discipline in America (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1847) [online text] (London: J. Murray, 1848) [online text]


Francis Calley Gray, Oration July 4, 1818, in commemoration of the anniversary of American independence (Boston, Charles Callender, 1818)

_______________, Discourse delivered before the American institute of instruction, at the opening of their 3d course of lectures, Aug. 23, 1832 (Boston: Carter, 1832) [online text]

_______________, Oration, on the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington (Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1832)

________________, Oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Brown University, Providence, R.I., on commencement day, September 7, 1842 (Providence: B. Cranston, 1842) [online text]