Born in Derby, Connecticut, David Humphreys was the son of a clergyman; he graduated from Yale (B.A. 1771, M.A. 1774) where he was associated with John Trumbull and the Connecticut Wits. He afterwards served as lieutenant colonel in the American army and as an aide-de-camp to George Washington. Humphreys spent much of his later career serving as a diplomat before settling in Boston in 1802, where he bred merino sheep and published a dissertation on the subject.
1785 ca.An Epithalamium.
A poem on the happiness of America. 1780.
A poem addressed to the armies of the United States of America. 1780.
The glory of America, or peace triumphant over war. 1783.
Select poems. 1787.
An essay on the life of the Honorable Major-General Israel Putnam. 1788.
Miscellaneous works. 1790.
A poem on industry. Addressed to the citizens of the United States of America. 1794.
Considerations on the means of improving the military for public defence. 1803.
Miscellaneous works. 1804.
A discourse on the agriculture of the state of Connecticut. 1816.