The American Hero: A Sappick Ode, circa 1765 - 1794Manuscript MS-1303

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The American Hero: A Sappick Ode, circa 1765 - 1794

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1303

Collection Dates:

circa 1765 - 1794

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Nathaniel Niles (1741-1828), lawyer and congressman. The collection consists of writings by Niles including "The American Hero: A Sappick Ode."

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains a manuscript with some observation on mental sympathy by Nathaniel Niles, written over "Accounts, Receipts and Expenditures of the United States for the Year 1793," as well as the manuscript for "The American Hero: A Sappick Ode," by Niles. This 15-stanza ode was inspired by the Battle of Bunker Hill and is also known as "Bunker Hill." It was widely sung during the Revolution.


Nathaniel Niles was born on April 3, 1741, in Kingston, Rhode Island. He attended Harvard College and graduated from Princeton College in 1766. He studied law, medicine and theology and preached in Norwich and Torrington, Connecticut. He also invented a process for making wire and erected mills in Norwich. After the Revolution, Niles moved to West Fairlee, Vermont. He became a member of the state house of representatives in 1784. From 1784 to 1788, Niles was a supreme court judge in Vermont and served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1791. Upon the admission of Vermont as a state to the Union, Niles was elected as an anti-administration candidate to the Second and Third Congress. He stayed in politics and served as a member of the state house of representatives from 1800-1803 and 1812-1815. He was also a member of the governor's council from 1803 to 1809, as well as a presidential elector on the Jefferson ticket in 1804, and on the Madison ticket in 1813. Niles died on October 31, 1812, in Fairlee, Vermont.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Manuscripts, circa 1765-1794

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: circa 1765-1794

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "The American Hero," by Nathaniel Niles, circa 1765
  • Folder: 2, "Some Observations on Mental Sympathy," by Nathaniel Niles written over "Accounts, Receipts and Expenditures of the United States for the Year 1793", circa 1794

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