Joseph Priestley and America

Image: Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA.

Image from: Photograph by courtesy of the Joseph Priestley House Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Text: Malcolm Dick


Malcolm Dick explores the last ten years of Joseph Priestley’s life from 1794 to 1804 in the United States of America, where he continued to write theology, investigate science and add to his reputation as a radical. He was never completely alone, but the death or departure of members of his family and his location in Northumberland, Pennsylvania meant that he developed his ideas away from the stimulus of an urban culture and distant from the friends who had sustained him in Birmingham.

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Sources and Further Reading

To learn about Joseph Priestley and his American home, visit the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s web site.