James Kirke Paulding
(August 22, 1778 – April 6, 1860) was an American writer and, for a time, the United States Secretary of the Navy
James Kirke Paulding was born on August 22, 1778,Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters
. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 45. ISBN 086576008X in the state of New York
. Paulding was chiefly self-educated.
He became a close friend of Washington Irving
. With Irving, Paulding proposed a literary project. As he described, "one day in a frolicsome mood, we broached the idea of a little periodical merely for our own amusement, and that of the town, for neither of us anticipated any further circulation."Jones, Brian Jay. Washington Irving: An American Original
. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2008: 57. ISBN 978-1-55970-836-4 The result was Salmagundi
—a continuation of which by himself proved a failure.
Along with Irving, Paulding was associated with the "Knickerbocker group
", a group which also included William Cullen Bryant
, Gulian Crommelin Verplanck
, Fitz-Greene Halleck
, Joseph Rodman Drake
, Robert Charles Sands
, Lydia Maria Child
, and Nathaniel Parker Willis
.Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters
. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 30. ISBN 086576008X
Paulding's other writings also include The Diverting History of John Bull and Brother Jonathan
(1812), a satire, The......