Having graduated from Harvard in 1776, Royall Tyler served in the Massachusetts Militia during the Revolution. He joined the bar in 1780 and established himself as a lawyer. He wrote the first American comedy that would be performed by professional actors. This 1787 play, a comedy called The Contrast, made him a literary celebrity. He went on to write five more plays and a musical drama. In 1787 he rejoined the militia and was sent to Vermont to negotiate the arrest of rebels from Shay’s Rebellion but was stopped by Ethan Allen. Tyler eventually moved to Vermont, fathered 11 children and in 1801 was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court, later serving as chief justice. From 1811 to 1814 he was a Professor of Jurisprudence at UVM. The Royall Tyler Theatre is named in his honor.
This Royall Tyler History Mug is part of our Vermont series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding Vermont’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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