Weems, Mason Locke

Weems, Mason Locke

▪ United States minister and writer
byname  Parson Weems  
born Oct. 11, 1759, Anne Arundel county, Md. [U.S.]
died May 23, 1825, Beaufort, S.C.

      American clergyman, itinerant book agent, and fabricator of the story of George Washington's (Washington, George) chopping down the cherry tree. This fiction was inserted into the fifth edition (1806) of Weems's book The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington (1800).

      Weems was ordained in the Anglican church in 1784 and served as a pastor in Maryland until 1792. From 1794 he hawked books throughout the country as an agent for the publisher Mathew Carey. Weems also wrote a biography (1809) of General Francis Marion (Marion, Francis) that, like that of Washington, was more noted for its apocryphal anecdotes and readability than its accuracy.

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