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LIVERMORE, George, antiquarian, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 10 July, 1809; died there, 30 August, 1865. He was educated at the public schools and trained for a mercantile career. After brief experiments elsewhere, he settled in Boston and became one of the foremost commission merchants in that city. Early in life he began to devote his leisure to historical and antiquarian research, in which he became a recognized authority, having one of the finest collections of different editions of the Bible in this country. He was fond of large-paper copies and illustrated editions, in which his library was very rich. He was an active member of several learned societies, and wrote for the newspapers and reviews on subjects of a bibliographical or historical character, his articles displaying extensive research. Among them may be mentioned one on the "New England Primer," in the "Cambridge Chronicle" (1849), and another on " Public Libraries" in the "North American Review" (1850). His most important essay, "An Historical Research respecting the Opinions of the Founders of the Republic on Negroes as Slaves, as Citizens and as Soldiers," was read before the Massachusetts historical society, 14 August, 1862, printed in the "Proceedings," and issued separately in four other editions. He was given the degree of A.M. by Harvard in 1850. See a sermon delivered in his memory by Reverend Edward E. Hale, entitled "The Public Service of a Private Man," and other tributes by Robert C. Winthrop and Charles Deane.
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