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By Compiled Benjamin W. Rudd, Ralph Izard and James Madison


Genius. " Dr. Noah Webster, famed lexicographer and one of Connecticut's most distinguished men, was directly instrumental in securing its enactment. March 10, 1783. The Continental Congress resolved "that a committee be appointed to consider the most proper means of cherishing genius and useful arts through the United States by securing to the authors or publishers of new books their property in such works. " The committee chosen consisted of Hugh Williamson

Year: 1783
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