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DUTTON, Henry Worthington, journalist, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 17 April 1796; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 15 April 1875o When he was about five years old his father removed to Geneseo, New York, and erected the first tannery in that part of the state. After his death Henry returned to Connecticut with his mother, and at the age of ten years was sent to Hadley, Massachusetts, where he was taken into a private family, sent to school in winter, and worked on a farm in summer until 1812, when he was indentured to a printer in Stockbridge. He remained there two years, then went to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and with Ebenezer Cooper printed for some months the" Berkshire Reporter."
On the declaration of peace with Great Britain in 1815, he settled in Boston and became a journeyman printer in the office of Wells & Lilly, and afterward foreman until 1824. During a part of this time James Gordon Bennett, founder of the "New York Herald," was a copyholder and proofreader in the same office. He began business in Boston with James Wentworth in 1824, and after the latter's death, in 1848, continued it with his widow till 1856, when Mr. Dutton purchased her interest in the " Transcript," and took his son, William Henry, into partnership. For twenty-five years the firm of Dutton & Wentworth had been state printers, the contract terminating in 1852. The office of the "Transcript" was twice destroyed by fire, once in 1851, and again in the great fire of 1872, but the regular issue of the paper was never omitted.
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