John Lesslie Hall biography

John Lesslie Hall

Deceased Person

1856 – 1938

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Who was John Lesslie Hall?

John Lesslie Hall, also known as J. Lesslie Hall, was an American literary scholar and poet known for his translation of Beowulf.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Jacob Hall, Jr., Hall attended Randolph-Macon College and received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He taught English history and literature at the College of William and Mary from 1888 to 1928; he "was one of the original members of the faculty which reopened the college in 1888." He was also concerned with the history of his native Virginia; he frequently spoke at Jamestown and "compared Jamestown's Great Charter of 1618 and the assembly of 1619 with the Magna Charta at Runnymede."

In 1889 he married Margaret Fenwick Farland, of Tappahannock, Virginia. Their children were Channing Moore Hall, John L. Hall Jr., Joseph Farland Hall, and Sarah Moore Hall.

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Born
Mar 2, 1856
Richmond
Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
Died
1938

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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