Calvin Colton, an American clergyman and political writer, born at Longmeadow, Mass., in 1789, died in Savannah, Ga., March 13, 1857. He graduated at Yale college in 1812, studied theology at Andover, and was ordained and settled in the Presbyterian church at Batavia, N. Y., in 1815. On account of the failure of his voice, he relinquished preaching in 1826, began writing for periodicals, and went to England in 1831 as a newspaper correspondent. On his return in 1835 he published a work entitled "Four Years in Great Britain." About this time he became a member of the Episcopal church, took orders, and wrote a book entitled "Thoughts on the Religious State of the Country, and Reasons for preferring Episcopacy." But soon returning to his former occupation,-he distinguished himself as a writer of political pamphlets and fugitive pieces, in which he defended the views of the whig party. Those which had the widest circulation were a series called the "Junius Papers," published originally in 1840, republished in 1844 with additions.
He edited a newspaper in Washington from 1842 to 1844; in 1846 published the " Life and Times of Henry Clay;" in 1848, "Public Economy for the United States," containing an elaborate argument in favor of a protective policy; and in 1853, " The Genius and Mission of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States." In 1852 he was appointed professor of public economy in Trinity college, Hartford. He also published "Private Correspondence of Henry Clay" (1855), "Last Seven Years of the Life of Henry Clay " (1856), and "Speeches of Henry Clay " (2vols., 1857).