Although Fowler (1793–1881) enjoyed a varied academic career at Middlebury and Amherst, he was most unforgettably Noah Webster’s son-in-law. In 1843, he edited the university edition of Webster’s Dictionary. Despite the long-running Webster–Murray grammar feud, Fowler explicitly praised Lindley Murray and credited his father-in-law only in a long list of authors whose works he had consulted. Seven years after the death of Webster—a patriarch who disapproved whenever a family member struck out on his own—Fowler struck out on his own.
This Fowler is no relation to the more famous H.W. Fowler, of England, whose Dictionary of Modern English Usage appeared in 1926.