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BROSS, William, journalist, born in Montague, Sussex County, New Jersey, 4 November, 1813. He was fitted for College at Milford academy, Pennsylvania, and was graduated at Williams in 1838, after which he taught school for ten years. He then went to Chicago, where, from 1849 till 1851, he was a dealer in books, and published the "Prairie Herald." He formed a partnership with J. L. Scripps in 1852, and established the "Daily Democratic Press," which was consolidated with the Chicago "Tribune," 1 July, 1858. For several years he was president of the "Tribune" company. During 1855 and 1856 he was a member of the Chicago City council. He was lieutenant governor of Illinois from 1865 till 1869. He has travelled extensively in America and Europe, and has published in the " Tribune" many letters from abroad, and from almost every part of this country. He became a member of the American society for the advancement of science in 1853, and has read papers before that association, as well as before the Chicago historical society and the academy of sciences. He was identified with the Republican Party from the first, and took a prominent part in its campaigns as a public speaker. He is the author of several publications in book or pamphlet form, including "A History of Chicago" (Chicago, 1876); "A Compilation of Editorials from the Chicago Tribune" and "Immortality" (1877); "A History of Camp Douglas" (1878); "Punishment" and "Chicago and the Sources of her Future Growth" (1880); "The Winfield Family" (1882); and "Illinois and the Thirteenth Amendment" (1884).
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