David Humphreys (July 10, 1752 - February 21, 1818)

Born in what was then Derby, <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2011-07-03/news/hc-op-leff-poems-0703-20110703_1_wallace-stevens-chapter-and-verse-poems">Humphreys</a> was a colonel and aide de camp to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. He was also a poet and a member of the "Hartford Wits." In 1802, Humphreys wrote a notable anti-slavery poem entitled, "A Poem on the Industry of the United States of America." He died in New Haven, and was interred at Grove Street Cemetery.

( Colonel David Humphreys, Gilbert Stuart, oil on wood. Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mrs. David Humphreys / March 19, 2013 )

Born in what was then Derby, Humphreys was a colonel and aide de camp to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. He was also a poet and a member of the "Hartford Wits." In 1802, Humphreys wrote a notable anti-slavery poem entitled, "A Poem on the Industry of the United States of America." He died in New Haven, and was interred at Grove Street Cemetery.

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