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TOUSEY, Sinclair, publisher, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 18 July, 1818 ; died in New York city, 16 June, 1887. He received the rudiments of a common-school education, and was employed on farms and as a clerk till 1836, when he came to New York and became a newspaper-carrier. He was subsequently an agent till 1840, and established and published in Louisville, Kentucky, the " Daily Times," the first penny paper that was issued west of the Alleghany mountains. He engaged in farming in New York state in 1840-'53, and in the autumn of the latter year became partner in a news agency in Nassau street. In May, 1860, Mr. Tousey became sole proprietor of the agency, the business of which had increased from $150,000 to $1,000,000 per annum. The American news company was organized, 1 February, 1864, and he was elected president, which office he held till his death. He joined the Republican party at its organization, was an enthusiastic Abolitionist, writing and speaking against slavery, was at one time a vice-president of the Union league club, and took an active interest in philanthropic schemes and organizations. He published "Papers from over the Water" (New York, 1869).
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