Colesworthy, D. C. (Daniel Clement), 1810-1893

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Birth 1810-07-14
Death 1893

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New England poet, printer, publisher and Boston bookseller.

From the description of Letters to Elizabeth Oakes Prince Smith, 1873-1876. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 64701542

Daniel Clement Colesworthy (1810-1893) was a printer, bookseller and poet from Portland, ME. Colesworthy was the son of Daniel Pecker and Anna (Collins) Colesworthy. He married Mary Jane Richardson (1812-1874) and the couple had eight children: Daniel Clement, Mary Jane, Charles Jenkins, Ellen Maria, George Edward, Harriet Ann, Alice Elizabeth and William Gibson.

Colesworthy began his printing career at the age of 14, when he served as an apprentice to Arthur Shirley, printer of the Christian Mirror. He soon opened his own printing shop and began printing and editing his first publication the juvenile periodical the Sabbath School Instructor (later known as the Moral Reformer and then the Journal of Reform). In 1840 he began publication of the Youth's Monitor, which ran for two years. In 1841 Colesworthy began his literary paper, the Portland Tribune, which ran for four years until he sold his interest to John Edwards. Edwards, publisher of the Portland Bulletin, merged the two papers and began publishing the Tribune and Bulletin.

After selling his paper, Colesworthy moved into the bookselling business, opening a bookstore on Exchange St. in Portland. In 1850 he moved to Boston, where he also opened and ran a book store. At the time of his death, he was the oldest bookseller in Boston.

In addition to the book and printing business, Colesworthy was also a writer and poet. He contributed often to literary and religious newspapers, and published multiple titles, including "The Old Bureau and Other Tales", "Sabbath School Hymns", "A Group of Children", "A Day in the Woods", "School is Out", and "John Tileston's School".

From the description of Diary, 1874. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 747004932


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