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DISTURNELL, John, compiler, born in Lansingburg, New York, 6 October 1801; died in New York City, 1 October 1877. He began life as a printer in Albany, New York, but soon removed to New York City, where he opened a bookstore, became a map publisher, and was a vice president of the Association for the advancement of science and art. In 1840 he compiled and printed " The Traveller's Railroad Guide," the first railroad guide published in the United States. He was also the author of " New York as it was and as it is," and for twenty years published the "United States Register or Blue Book." He also published "Influence of Climate in North and South America" (New York, 1859); " The Great Lakes or Inland Seas of America" (1863); and "Traveller's Guide to the Hudson River" (1864).
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