Richard Hildreth (1807-1865) American journalist and historian, was born at Deerfield, Massachusetts. Richard graduated at Harvard College in 1826, and, after studying law at Newburyport, was admitted to the bar at Boston in 1830. In 1832 he became joint founder and editor of a daily newspaper, the Boston Atlas. Having in 1834 gone to the South for the benefit of his health, he was led by what he witnessed of the evils of slavery to write the anti-slavery novel The Slave; or, Memoirs of Archy Moore (1836; enlarged edition, 1852, The White Slave). In 1837 he wrote for the Atlas a series of articles vigorously opposing the annexation of Texas. In the same year he published Banks, Banking, and Paper Currencies. In 1849 he published the first three volumes of his History of the United States, two more volumes of which were published in 1851 and the sixth and last in 1852. The first three volumes of this history, his most important work, deal with the period 1492-1789, and the second three with the period 1789-1821.