Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889

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Henry Barton Dawson was an American editor, historian and antiquarian bookseller.

From the description of Henry B. Dawson papers, 1859-1892. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122465987

From the guide to the Henry B. Dawson papers, 1859-1892, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Henry Barton Dawson (1821–1889) was an American journalist, historian and temperance reformer.

From the guide to the Henry B. Dawson Letter, 1864, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Editor and author.

From the description of Henry B. Dawson correspondence, 1872. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79423574

Prolific and controversial historian and editor; b. Gosberton, Lincolnshire, Eng.; came to N.Y.C., 1834; s. Abraham and Mary (Barton) Dawson; m. Catherine Martling, 1845; became involved in controversy with other historians over some of his historical works; d. Tarrytown, N.Y.)

From the description of Letter, [188u?] Feb. 24 (Morrisonia, N.Y.) to Gen. [Samuel Wylie] Crawford. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 708417340

Born in England in 1821, Henry Barton Dawson emigrated to New York City with his parents in 1834. His formal education ended two years later, but his interest in literary pursuits was stimulated by his brief employment in a publishing a book-selling house in Ithaca, N.Y. From 1839 to 1856 he pursued a business career in New York City and became involved in social reform movements and politics. His concern with the perils of strong drink led him to a short stint as editor of the temperance newspaper, The Crystal Font and Rechabite Recorder in 1847. Later in that decade, he worked for the Free Soil Party and, in subsequent years, was an early supporter of the Republican Party. His allegiance to Republicanism and his interest in politics waned when he concluded that Republican policies were fostering a degree of governmental centralization that he considered to be unconstitutional.

His reputation as a historian began to form in the late 50s with the publication of a number of historical essays and of his first book, Battles of the United States by Sea and Land (2 vols., 1858) This latter work demonstrated Dawson's inclination to challenge accepted historical assumptions through revisionist analysis. In 1863 he published an edition of The Federalist which created controversy with James A. Hamilton and John Jay. Three years later he purchased the Historical Magazine which he edited until it ceased publication in April, 1876. His term as editor was marked by his desire to debunk fondly-held myths about local history. His interest in this subject led him to complete his most famous work, "Westchester County, New York during the American Revolution" which appeared in 1886 in J.T. Scharf's History of Westchester County .

From the guide to the Henry B. Dawson papers, Dawson, Henry B., 1836-1913, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Trumbull, J. Hammond (James Hammond), 1821-1897. J. Hammond Trumbull correspondence, 1862 June 4. Library of Congress
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1882 January 18. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Letter, ca. 1870. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 Sept. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Belknap, William W. (William Worth), 1829-1890. Letters, 1869-1887. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Letters [microform], 1848-1889. Wisconsin Historical Society
creatorOf Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870. Papers of William Gilmore Simms [manuscript], 1839-1870. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1881 April 9. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letters, 1870 January 26. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. James Henry Coffin Papers. Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton papers, 1773-1932 (inclusive) 1833-1895 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Valentine, D. T. (David Thomas), 1801-1869. Autograph letter signed : City Hall, N.Y., to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 Sept. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Southold Free Library. Diary collection, 1835-1871. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1885 February 18. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Benson John Lossing Collection, 1843-1917 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Greene, George Washington, 1811-1883. Letter to Abram S. Eastlake [manuscript], 1873 April 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893. Francis Parkman papers, 1868,1873-1874. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Arnold, Isaac Newton, 1815-1884. Isaac N. Arnold letter to Henry B. Dawson, 1882. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hall, Hiland, 1795-1885. Hiland Hall papers, 1786-1885 (bulk 1832-1881). Bennington Museum, Incorporated
referencedIn Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870. Letter to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 October 16. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. Papers of John Pendleton Kennedy [manuscript], 829-1925. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hoar, E. R. (Ebenezer Rockwood), 1816-1895. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to H.B. Dawson, 1876 May 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1879 May 8. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Battles of the United States : portion of autograph manuscript being the chapter on The battle of Monmouth. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Gowans, William, 1803-1870. Letter signed : New York, to Henry B. Dawson, 1865 Sept. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Yale University Library, Manuscripts & Archives). Joseph Bradley Murray Collection.
creatorOf Alden, Henry Mills, 1836-1919. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1782-1944. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Halleck, Fitz-Greene, 1790-1867. Papers of Fitz-Greene Halleck, 1803-1948 (bulk 1814-1867). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1885 February 24. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Letter to an unidentified recipient, 1859 February 19. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Drake, Samuel Gardner, 1798-1875. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 Oct. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1885 January 13. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Henry B. Dawson correspondence, 1872. Library of Congress
creatorOf Denham, Edward, 1849-1925. Papers, 1876-1888. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1873 July 7. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Letter, [188u?] Feb. 24 (Morrisonia, N.Y.) to Gen. [Samuel Wylie] Crawford. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Peck, John Mason, 1789-1858. Papers, 1819-1856. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn The Henry Gilbert Papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Sullivan, John. Letters, 1847, 1860. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1873 December 10. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to H.C. Dawson, 1858 Oct. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1885 January 27. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Parker, James, 1725-1797. New York and New Jersey boundary dispute collection 1663-1872. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1871 February 25. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1867 August 19. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Green, Samuel A. (Samuel Abbott), 1830-1918. Letter, 1868, Feb. 18 : Boston, to Henry B. Dawson. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Letter, 1863 December 21, Morrisania, N.Y., to George Ticknor. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Wool, John Ellis, 1784-1869. Letter: to Henry B. Dawson / by John Ellis Wool, 1868 Apr 27. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1869 March 22. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930. Letter, Edward William Bok [manuscript], 1869 December 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893. Papers of Francis Parkman, 1856-1893. Library of Congress
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1876 December 13. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Allibone, S. Austin (Samuel Austin), 1816-1889. Correspondence of Baltimore, Maryland merchants 1771-1885. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas), 1843-1898. John Thomas Scharf papers, 1750-1947. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1879 May 10. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Ezra Cornell papers, (bulk), 1746-1888, 1844-1870 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter, 1870 March 5. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Dawson, Henry B. (Henry Barton), 1821-1889. Henry B. Dawson papers, 1859-1892. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Jay family. Jay family papers, 1828-1943. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Henry B. Dawson Letter, 1864 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Henry B. Dawson papers, 1859-1892 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIf, 1866-1886 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Henry B. Dawson papers, Dawson, Henry B., 1836-1913 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
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Birth 1821-06-08

Death 1889-05-23

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