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Phillip Morin Freneau
Birth: Jan. 2, 1752
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 18, 1832
Matawan
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Poet, Journalist. The first professional American journalist, he was a powerful propagandist and satirist for the American Revolution and for Jeffersonian democracy. He incorporated the new stirrings of European Romanticism and escaped the imitativeness and vague universality of the Hartford Wits. The key to both his success and his failure was his passionately democratic spirit combined with an inflexible temper. Buried on a lot on Poet Road in Matawan, New Jersey. His grave states "poets grave" his inscription says "Heaven lifts its everlasting portal high and bids the pure in heart behold their god." (bio by: jim parris) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Agnes Watson Freneau (1726 - 1817)
 
 Spouse:
  Eleanor Forman Freneau (1763 - 1850)
 
 Children:
  Agnes Watson Freneau Leadbeater (1794 - 1887)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

FRENEAU

PHILIP MORIN
Died Dec. 18, 1832
a poet
aged 80 years, 11 months, 16 days;

He was a native of New York but for many years
a resident of Philadelphia and New Jersey

His upright and benevolent character
is in the memory of many and will remain
when this inscription is no longer legible.

Heaven lifts its everlasting portal high,
and bids the pure in heart
behold their God.
 
Burial:
Philip Morin Freneau Burial Site
Matawan
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
 
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Originally Created by: jim parris
Record added: Oct 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12190152
Phillip Morin Freneau
Added by: jim parris
 
Phillip Morin Freneau
Added by: jim parris
 
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after 182 years, the inscription is still legible... I guess whom-ever erected the monument wanted visits to the memorial!
- Linda
 Added: Oct. 23, 2014

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Jan. 2, 2014

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jan. 2, 2014
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