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LIPPINCOTT, Joshua Ballinger, publisher, born in Juliustown, New Jersey, in 1816; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 January, 1886. He was of Quaker parentage, and after receiving a common school education went to Philadelphia, where he was employed in a bookstore, and two years later, when eighteen years old, was put in charge of the business. In 1836 he founded the publishing house of J.B. Lippincott and Co., and in 1850, by the purchase of the entire stock of the house of Grigg and Elliott, he placed his firm at the head of the booktrade in Philadelphia. He established "Lippincott's Magazine" in 1868, the "Medical Times" a few years later, and in 1875 a London agency to facilitate the importation of European literature into the United States. For many years he was a director of the Reading railroad, the Philadelphia savings bank, the Union league club, and the Academy of, fine arts, and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.
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