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HUNT, Freeman, publisher, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, 21 March, 1804; died in Brooklyn, New York, 2 March, 1858. He entered the office of the Boston "Evening Gazette" at the age of twelve, learned the trade of printing, and while connected with the Boston "Traveller" obtained promotion by sending to the editor articles evincing journalistic talent. Soon after his apprenticeship was over he established "The Ladies' Magazine," with Sarah J. Hale as editor, which was very successful. He sold this, and renewed the publication of the "Penny Magazine," which proved profitable, but which he abandoned to become managing director of the Bewick company, an association of authors, artists, printers, and bookbinders. While connected with this society, he founded and became editor of the "American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge." He also published in Boston the "Juvenile Miscellany." In 1831 he removed to New York and established "The Traveller," a weekly paper. In 1837 he projected "The Merchants' Magazine," the first number of which was issued in July, 1839. In 1845 he published the first volume of the "Library of Commerce." "Hunt's Merchants' Magazine" was conducted by its founder to the end of the thirty-eighth volume, and after his death was continued as an independent publication till 1870, sixty-three volumes having been issued, when it was converted into a weekly, and merged in the "Commercial and Financial Chronicle." The statistical and other information collected in this magazine was valuable, trustworthy, and useful, not only to merchants, but to all persons concerned in practical affairs. Mr. Hunt's publications in book-form include "Anecdotes and Sketches of Female Character " (Boston, 1830); "American Anecdotes, Original and Selected, by an American " (2 vols., 1830); "Comprehensive Atlas" (New York, 1834); "Letters about the Hudson River and its Vicinity," which had appeared in "The Traveller" (1836; 3d ed., enlarged, 1837); "Lives of American Merchants" (2 vols., 1856-'7); and "Wealth and Worth, a Collection of Morals, Maxims, and Miscellanies for Merchants" (New York, 1858).
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