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MITCHELL, Samuel Augustus, geographer, born in Bristol, Connecticut, 30 March, 1792 : died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 December, 1868. He early devoted his attention to teaching, and attained reputation in that occupation. The imperfection of the common textbooks on geography led him to prepare better works. For forty years he resided in Philadelphia, making, revising, and improving his various geographies, atlases, and maps, until his publications --twenty-four in number--had an aggregate sale of 400,000 copies annually. He also published " General View of the World, Physical, Political, and Statistical" (Philadelphia, 1846), and " New Travellers' Guide through the United States" (1850), as well as an edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America."
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