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CAPEN, Nahmn, author, born in Canton, Massachusetts, 1 April, 1804; died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1886. At the age of twenty-one he entered the publishing business in Boston as a member of the firm of Marsh, Capen & Lyon. From 1847 till 1851 he edited the "Massachusetts State Record." He was among the first to memorialize congress on the subject of international copyright, and a letter of his, published by the United States senate, led to the organization of the Census board at Washington. From 1857 till 1861 he was postmaster of Boston, and established the custom of collecting letters from street-boxes. He wrote many articles for the press, and published "The Republic of the United States," having special reference to the Mexican war (New York, 1848), and "Reminiscences of Spurzheim and Combe" (1881). For many years he had been engaged upon a "History of Democracy," which at the time of his death was nearly completed.
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