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MACKELLAR, Thomas, type-founder, born in New York city, 12 August, 1812. His father, an officer in the British navy, emigrated to New York and resided there till his death. The son at the age of fourteen began to learn the printer's trade, and in his seventeenth year became proof-reader in the publishing house of J. and J. Harper. In 1833 he went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and entered the type-foundry of Johnson and Smith as proof-reader, and he has since come to be the head of the house which is now known as the Johnson type-foundry, and one of the most important establishments of the kind in the world. In 1856 he established the " Typographic Advertiser." In 1883 the University of Wooster, Ohio, conferred on him the degree of Ph. D. He published " The American Printer" (1866), the fifteenth edition of which has been issued, and in his maturer years he has become known for his poetical productions, of which he has written and published several volumes. All of them were revised and issued, with other of his writings, under the title of " Rhymes Atween Times " (Philadelphia, 1873).
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