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BONNER, Robert, publisher, born near Londonderry, Ireland, 28 April 1824. His parents were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. He came to the United States and learned the printer's trade. In 1839 he was employed in the office of the Hartford "Courant," where he gained the reputation of being the most rapid compositor in Connecticut. In 1844 he removed to New York, and in 1851 purchased the "Ledger," at that time an insignificant sheet. By printing the most popular class of interesting stories, he gave the paper a wide circulation, which was further extended by the contributions of Fanny Fern, Edward Everett, Henry Ward Beecher, and other eminent authors and clergymen. He has made large gifts of money to Princeton College, and to various charities. To gratify his taste for fast horses, he has purchased several of the most celebrated trotters in the world, but withdrawn them from the race-course. Among his horses are Peerless, Dexter, and Maud S., which he purchased, with a record of 2.09 3/4, afterward reduced to 2.08 3/4, from William H. Vanderbilt for $40,000.
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