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PRENTICE, George Denison, journalist, born in Preston, Connecticut, 18 December, 1802; died in Louisville, Kentucky, 22 January, 1870. Before the age of fifteen he was principal of a public school. He was graduated at Brown in 1823, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1829, but never practised his profession. In 1825 he was the editor of the "Connecticut Mirror," and in 1828 he took charge of the" New England Weekly Review," which he conducted for two years, and then removed to Louisville, Kentucky In 1831 he became editor of the Louisville " Journal," a daily proper, which he made the principal advocate of the Whig party in that region, and won a reputation far political ability, wit, and satire. In 1860 he sustained the Union party, but although maintaining its cause during the civil war he was not a zealous supporter of President Lincoln's administration. He resigned his office, but contributed to this journal until its consolidation with the " Courier " under the name of the "Courier Journal." He also furnished a column of wit and humor to the " New York Ledger " for several years. He wrote numerous poems, which have been collected in book-form and published, with a biography, by John James Piatt (Cincinnati, 1875). Mr. Prentice was the author of a "Life of Henry Clay" (Hartford, 1831). A selection of his writings was published under the title of "Prenticeana; or, Wit and Humor" (New York, 1859; 2d ed., with biographical sketch by Oilderoy W. Griffin, Philadelphia, 1870). Sea also a " Memorial Address " by his successor, Henry Watterson (Cincinnati, 1870).
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