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FROST, John, compiler, born in Kennebunk, Maine, 26 January 1800; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 December 1859. After one year in Bowdoin he entered Harvard, where he was graduated in 1822. He was principal of Mayhew school, Boston, in 1823'7, and conducted a school for young ladies in Philadelphia till 1838, when he was appointed professor of English literature in the central high school of that City. He resigned this post in 1845, and devoted himself to the compilation of histories and biographies, of which, assisted by a corps of writers, he published over 300. Marietta College, Ohio, gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1843. His publications include "History of the World" (3 vols.); "Pictorial History of the United States" (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1844); " Beauties of English History"; "Wild Scenes of a Hunter's Life "; "Illustrious Mechanics" ; "Book of Heroes" ; "Book of the Army "; and "Book of the Navy."
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