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Biography of Hon. John Prentiss

Hon. John Prentiss, the founder of the New Hampshire Sentinel, and for forty-eight years its editor, died at his residence in Court street, Friday noon, June 6, 1873, at the age of ninety-five years and three months. He came to Keene in March, 1799, at the age of twenty-one years, and established the Sentinel under many embarrassments, and with a list of subscribers numbering only seventy. His first printing office was in a low building standing where S. W. Hales house now stands, and for some time afterwards in the new building south of Dr. Edwardss tavern. Subsequently (in 182 he erected a fine block on the west side of the square, where, in connection with his son, John W., he carried on the printing, publishing and book business up to 1847, when he retired. In 1808 he built his homestead and plan the five elms in front. During his half century of active business life he he various offices of trust, serving as town clerk, town treasurer, representative in the legislature, and a member of the senate. He was also for many ) president of the New Hampshire Historical Society, and during his who life was prominently identified with religious and educational matters. Aft retiring from business in 1847, at which time he was one of the oldest e ors in the United States, he presented to each of the fourteen school district of this town a set of the Massachusetts School Library, of thirty-eight volumes, and his love for and interests in the school never abated. In 18 he traveled over Great Britain and the European continent,...

Biographical Sketch of John W. Prentiss

John W. Prentiss, whose son, W. H. Prentiss. is now one of the Sentinel company, died August 17, 1863, aged fifty-eight years. The following paragraph appeared in the Sentinel of that date: ” John W. Prentiss, whose death is announced in another column, was a son of Hon. John W. Prentiss, the founder of the Sentinel establishment, and probably the oldest editor now living in New England. The son was the junior proprietor and editor of the Sentinel for many years previous to 1847, when he became sole proprietor, and s me five years afterwards disposed of his interest in it to one of the present...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas R. Prentiss

Thomas R. Prentiss was born in Langdon, N. H., in 1803, and came to Alstead about 1834. He followed mercantile pursuits about ten years, and subsequently engaged in the manufacture of paper. In company with his son, Frederick L., he built a paper-mill upon the site of the one destroyed by fire in 1868, and which was in turn destroyed, in 1881. He died September 27, 1899. Two of his eight children are living, viz.: Lewis M., in Chicago, and Frederick L., in this town. The latter served as a drummer during the late war, and is the present town...

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