Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James
Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton
and Company, 1887-1889 and 1999. Virtualology.com warns that these 19th Century
biographies contain errors and bias. We rely on volunteers to edit the historic
biographies on a continual basis. If you would like to edit this biographyplease
submit a rewritten biography in text form.
If acceptable, the new biography will be published above the 19th Century
Appleton's Cyclopedia Biography citing the volunteer editor
Virtual American Biographies
Over 30,000 personalities
with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life
welcomes editing and additions to the
biographies. To become this site's editor or a contributor
or e-mail Virtualology here.
KEESE, John, auctioneer, born in New York city, 24 November. 1805; died in Brooklyn, 30 May, 1856. He received an academical education, and at the age of eighteen entered as clerk with a book-publishing house in his native city. Several years afterward he became partner in the concern, and from 1842 until 1853 he was engaged in the book-auction business. In 1854 Mr. Keese received the appointment of appraiser of books in the New York custom-house, which office he filled until his death. While in office he devoted many evenings to his former vocation of book auctioneer. During his career Mr. Keese became widely known among literary men and booksellers as a humorous offhand speaker, editor, and wit. He was the author of many verses that appeared anonymously in the periodicals of his time. In 1852 he delivered a lecture on "The Influence of Knowledge" at the Broadway tabernacle in New York city. After the formation of the auction firm of Cooley, Keese and Hill he began his opening address at the book-trade sales, saying: "Gentlemen: You have a right to know something about our methods and plans of business. First, we shall on all occasions take everything Cooley. As for the security of your goods, they will always be under the protection of excellent locks and Keese; and you may rely on our stability, for we rest upon one of the granite hills of New Hampshire." At another time he offered a collection of poems by some unknown author, remarking: " This is a book by a poor and pious girl, who wrote poor and pious poetry." Again a parcel of books was knocked down to one Owen Phalen, with the remark: "Don't know about selling to a man who is always Owen and Phalen." Mr. Keese edited "The Poets of America" (2 vols., New York, 1889-'40); "The Poetical Remains of Lucy Hooper" (1842); "Poems by Elizabeth Oakes Smith" (1843); "The Mourner's Chaplet" (Boston, 1844); " The Winter Green," an annual (1844): '" The Opal," an annual (2 vols., 1846-'7); " The Forest Legendary" (1848); and "The Floral Keepsake" (1850). He also furnished a large part of the text for " North American Scenery," by Whitefield (1845). See "John Keese--Wit and Litterateur," by William L. Keese (New York, 1884).--His son, William Linn, born in New York city, 25 February, 1835, was educated at schools in Brooklyn and New York, and received a mercantile training, he has frequently written in prose and verse for newspapers and magazines, and contributed articles to "Actors and Actresses of Great Britain and the United States" (5 vols., New York, 1886). He has published, besides the memoir of his father, mentioned above, " William E. Burton--Actor, Author, and Manager" (1885).
This site and its contents are not affiliated, connected,
associated with or authorized by the individual, family,
friends, or trademarked entities utilizing any part or
the subject's entire name. Any official or affiliated
sites that are related to this subject will be hyper
linked below upon submission
and Evisum, Inc. review.
Please join us in our mission to incorporate America's Four United Republics discovery-based curriculum into the classroom of every primary and secondary school in the United States of America by July 2, 2026, the nation’s 250th birthday. , the United States of America: We The
People. Click Here