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GRAHAM, George Rex, editor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 18 January 1813. He was early intended for' the bar, but the death of his father compelled him to relinquish this ambition, and he lived with his uncle in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where he employed every spare moment in reading. In 1832 he returned to Philadelphia and began to learn the trade of a cabinet-maker, meanwhile devoting six hours daily, after his work was completed, to literary pursuits. A few years later he was enabled to enter a law-office, and in 1839 was admitted to the bar. He had already contributed a series of papers to the Philadelphia press, which met with such favor that he was invited to become the editor of the "Saturday Evening Post," and afterward was one of its proprietors. His relations with this journal continued until 1846. He purchased in 1839 a monthly called "Atkinson's Casket," which he published until 1841, when, uniting with it the '" Gentleman's Magazine," he began the publication of "Graham's Magazine." This periodical attained a large circulation under his management, and its contributors included William C. Bryant, J. Fenimore Cooper, Henry W. Longfellow, Edgar A. Poe, and Bayard Taylor. For many years it was the best periodical of its kind published in the United States. In 1846 he purchased the "North American," and in 1847 the "United States Gazette." which he incorporated with the " North American." Later he engaged in stock operations, losing thereby much of his money, and was compelled to part with the "North American" and the " Magazine." But subsequently he regained control of the "Magazine," and continued its publication until about 1851. He then lived by his pen, but failing health led to his being supported through the liberality of George W. Childs. At present (1887) he is an inmate of the New York ophthalmic hospital, where he is awaiting an operation for cataract on both eyes.
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