He left Yale for four years to fight in the Revolutionary War. After graduation, he became a lawyer and taught school in New York. Dissatisfied with the children's spelling books, he wrote the famous "Blue-Backed Speller," which sold over 100 million copies. After 26 years of work, he published the first American Dictionary of the English Language. His name, Noah Webster, who died this day, May 28, 1843. Noah Webster wrote: "All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice ... proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."