Royall Tyler

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Date of Birth June 8, 1757
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death Aug 26, 1826 (69)
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Royall Tyler

Royall Tyler was an American jurist and playwright. He was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard University in 1776, and then served in the Massachusetts militia during the American Revolution. He was admitted to the bar in 1780, became a lawyer, and fathered eleven children. In 1801, he was appointed a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. He then wrote a play, The Contrast, which was produced in 1787 in New York City, shortly after George Washington's inauguration. It is considered the first American comedy. Washington attended the production, which was well-received, and Tyler became a literary celebrity.

Born: June 18, 1757, Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
Died: August 26, 1826, Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Resting place: Brattleboro's Prospect Hill Cemetery
Nationality: American
Education: Roxbury Latin School, Harvard University
Occupation: jurist, militiaman, playwright
Spouse(s): Mary Palmer
Children: 11

About Royall Tyler

American playwright who wrote The Contrast and The Algerine Captive. He also collaborated frequently with his friend Joseph Dennie.

Before Fame

He studied law at Harvard and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar.


He supposedly spent half his inheritance while still in college.

Family Life

He married Mary Palmer.


He served in the Massachusetts militia under John Hancock.

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  • Writers from Portland, Maine
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