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NORTON, Frank Henry, journalist, born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 20 March, 1836. His father was for twenty-one years United States consul at Pictou, Nova Scotia. The son was educated at private schools, and entered the book business, but in 1855 became assistant librarian, and afterward assistant superintendent, in the Astor library, which he left in 1865. He was chief librarian of the Brooklyn mercanthe library in 1866-'7, and in 1872 entered journalism. He was proprietor and editor of the New York " Era" in 1879-'81, and since 1883 has been con-netted with the "Herald." He was one of the founders and for several years president of the American numismatic and archaeological society. Mr. Norton has contributed to current literature since 1855. He is the author of "Historical Register of the Centennial Exhibition, 1876, and the Paris Exposition, 1878 " (New York, 1878); " Life of Winfield Scott Hancock," with Reverend David K. Junkin, D. D. (1880); "Life of Alexander H. Stephens " (1883); and "Daniel Boone," a romance (1883). He has also written numerous plays, in-eluding "Alhambra," a burlesque produced in New York in 1872; "Azrael," a fairy spectacle (1872); " Cupid and Psyche," a burlesque played in New Orleans and St. Louis (1873); and "Leonie," a melodrama, in Albany and Buffalo (1872).
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