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Mercy Otis Warren has been called First Lady of the American Revolution. She was its historian—the only writer to fill this role at an early date from anything like a revolutionary point of view—but she was also a participator in the ideological power-struggles of the day. She wrote political pamphlets, poetry, and plays: both idealistic republican tragedies and hard-hitting satires. In short, she was a woman of letters of commanding stature.
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25 September 1728 Mercy Otis (later MOW) was born at Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, her parents' eldest daughter (though not their eldest child). Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1772 MOW anonymously published in the Massachusetts Spy the first instalment of her patriotic, or pro-independence, one-act play The Adulateur, an attack on Governor Thomas Hutchinson. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 October 1814 MOW died in Boston aged eighty-six. Bibliographic Citation link.
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