Barlow was a diplomat, politician and poet. He was born in Redding, and he briefly attended Dartmouth College before graduating from Yale College. In 1778 he published an anti-slavery poem entitled, "The Prospect of Peace." Barlow moved to Hartford in 1783, where he was a member of a group of young writers known as the "Hartford Wits." In 1787 he published a long and ambitious poem, "The Vision of Columbus," which gave him a considerable literary reputation. Barlow died of pneumonia in Poland while serving as the American minister plenipotentiary to France.
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