Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886

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Capen, born in Canton, Mass., began to study medicine at age 18; however, ill health prevented completion of his apprenticeship and in 1825 he entered into partnership in the publishing firm of Marsh, Capen, and Lyon. He wrote papers, articles, and books on history and politics, and was an advocate of free trade, federal copyright laws, popular education, and various social welfare reforms. He was postmaster of Boston from 1857 to 1861, and is credited with working out the free delivery system. He also organized the Boston Phrenologicl Society, served as its secretary, and wrote an account of its early activities.

From the description of Papers of Nahum Capen, 1783-1885 (inclusive), 1826-1885 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 281433156

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creatorOf Spurzheim, J. G. (Johann Gaspar), 1776-1832. Letter and notes, 1855. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Nahum Capen, n.p., 1884 July 18. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. James Freeman Clarke letters, 1847-1887. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn George Ticknor Curtis Letters, 1881-1891 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891 (inclusive), 1840-1891 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Broadhead, Achilles, 1789-1853. Randolph family letters and plat [manuscript], 1793-1865. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander), 1806-1876. Papers, 1833-1894. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Nahum Capen, 1884 July 18. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Horatio King Papers, 1832-1906, (bulk 1857-1891) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894. Elizabeth Palmer Peabody letters, 1846-1854. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885. Papers, 1855-1885. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn John A. Dix Collection, 1831-1879 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library
referencedIn Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848. ALS : [Boston], to Nahum Capen, [1845]. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894. Letter : Richfield Springs, [N.Y.], to J.S. Black, n.p., 1881 Aug. 26. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Money, W. L.,. Letters and note from William Henry Seward and Horatio Seymour, 1858-1871. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Huntington Library. William Jones Rhees Collection.
referencedIn Spencer, J. C. Business letters, 1843-1852. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hopkins, John Henry, 1792-1868. John Henry Hopkins letter, 1863. Norwich University, Kreitzberg Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. James Henry Coffin Papers.
referencedIn Knox College Archives And Manuscript Collections. [Contact repository for more information].
creatorOf Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886. Papers of Nahum Capen, 1783-1885 (inclusive), 1826-1885 (bulk). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Horace Mann family papers, Mann (Horace) family papers, (bulk 1829-1856), 1819-1856 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. ALS : Washington, [D.C.], to N[ahum] Capen, 1854 April 5. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Horace Mann family papers, Mann (Horace) family papers, (bulk 1829-1856), 1819-1856 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Buchanan, James, 1791-1868. Papers of James Buchanan, 1775-1868. Library of Congress
creatorOf Fowle, William Bentley, 1795-1865. Papers concerning the United States statistical journal, 1845-1850. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf Calvert, George Henry, 1803-1889. Letter to N[ahum?] Capen, 1875 June 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Massachusetts. Treasury Office. Orders on salary rolls for public officials, 1842-1860. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James E. Babb Memorial collection, 1860-1942 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Babb, James Elisha, 1864-1934. James E. Babb Memorial collection, 1860-1942 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, 1792-1875. Letters to Nahum Capen, 1873-1874. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mann, Horace, 1796-1856. Horace Mann family papers, 1829-1856 and n.d. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Thomas W. Dorr Collection, 1831-1888 Rhode Island Historical Society
creatorOf Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886. Letter, 1880 Dec. 8, [Boston?] [to] Geo. W. Pearson, Dorchester, MA. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Caldwell, Charles, 1772-1853. Charles Caldwell letters, 1816-1838, New York. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886. Papers, ca. 1875. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sears family. Papers, 1628-1911, bulk: 1820-1860. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1819-1889.. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Buchanan, James, 1791-1868. Papers, 1775-1868. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn Clark, William T., fl. 1888-1921,. John A. Fox collection [graphic]. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn King, Horatio, 1811-1897. Horatio King papers, 1832-1906 (bulk 1857-1891). Library of Congress
referencedIn Library Of Congress, Manuscript Division. W. W. Corcoran Papers.
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Dept. Of Rare Books & Mss., Ms. James Henry Coffin Papers.
referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. ALS : Cambridge [Mass.], to Nahum Capen, Esq., 1865 June 29. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Spencer F. Baird Papers (Mc 2000.11).
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associatedWith Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891 person
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correspondedWith Corcoran, William Wilson person
associatedWith Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894. person
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associatedWith Davis, Jefferson person
associatedWith Dix, John A. person
associatedWith Dix, John A. (John Adams), 1798-1979 person
associatedWith Dorr, Thomas Wilson, 1805-1854 person
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associatedWith Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902. person
associatedWith Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885. person
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associatedWith Henry, Harriet Alexander (Henry's Wife) person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
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associatedWith Tyndall, John person
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associatedWith Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander), 1806-1876. person
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Great Britain
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Geology
Applied Science, General
Meteorology
Henry Family
Smithsonian Publications
Science In Europe
Scientific publications
Exchanges Of Publications
Electricity
Congress
Blacks
Smithsonian Exchange
Princeton (College Of New Jersey)
District of columbia
Smithsonian Building
Henry, Joseph, Personality, Etc
Army Engineers
Smithsonian Endowment
Smithsonian Institution
Lectures, Popular
Education
Phrenology--Societies, etc
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Birth 1804

Death 1886

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