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Joseph Hopkinson


Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, The Cyclopaedia of American Literature 606
(Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)(Vol. 1)


"Joseph Hopkinson, LL.D., son of Francis Hopkinson . . . was born in Philadelphia in 1770, and educated for the bar in the office of his father. He wrote verse with fluency, but had little claim to be regarded as a poet. His "Hail Columbia!" is, however, one of our very few national songs, and is likely to be looked for in all collections of American poetry. . . .

"At the time of his death, which occurred on the fifteenth of January, 1842, the author was president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, one of the Vice-Presidents of the American Philosophical Society, and a Judge of the District Court of the United States."

[Source: Rufus Wilmot Griswold, The Poets and Poetry of America 72 (New York: James Miller, Publisher, 1872)] [Rufus Wilmot Griswold]

Joseph Hopkinson

Joseph Hopkinson
The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased

Legends of the Bar
Philadelphia Bar Association


Hail Columbia

Hail Columbia!
[audio file; meledy]


Joseph Hopkinson, Considerations on the abolition of the common law in the United States ... (Philadelphia: William P. Farrand; Boston: Farrand, Mallory, 1809) [online text]


Burton Álva Konkle, Joseph Hopkinson, 1770-1842, Jurist-Scholar-Inspirer of the Arts: Author of Hail Columbia (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1931)(London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931)

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