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AVERY, Benjamin P., journalist, born in New York city in 1829; died in Pekin, China, 8 November 1875. After receiving a good English education and learning wood-engraving, he went to California with the "Argonauts of '49," and engaged for a time in gold-mining. In 1856 he established at North San Juan a weekly paper called the " Hydrauiic Press." In 1860 he became assistant editor on the "Marysville Appeal," in 1861 was chosen state printer, afterward served on the staff of the "San Francisco Bulletin," and in 1872 undertook the editorship of the "Overland Monthly." He was appointed minister to China in 1874.
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