Benson J. Lossing letters, 1854-1880

Lossing, Benson John, b. 1813 d. 1891
Engraver
Active in New York, N.Y.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters to Lossing from the following people: Henry Carey Baird, Mr. Barnard, William W. Belknap, Charles Campbell, L. L. Doty, Lyman C. Draper, Theodor F. Dwight, Charles W. Parsons, Anna T. Harrison, and James Grant Wilson. Most of the correspondents are historians, government officials, or relatives of prominent political figures.

Biographical/Historical Note: Wood engraver; Poughkeepsie and New York City, N.Y. Apprenticed to a watchmaker in Poughkeepsie, but became joint editor of a newspaper and literary magazine soon thereafter. Learned wood engraving from Joseph Alexander Adams and in 1838 established himself in New York City as an engraver. In 1848, he began work on his PICTORIAL FIELD-BOOK OF THE REVOLUTION and subsequently produced many works based on American history and biographies.

Donated 1958 by Argosy Book Stores of New York City.

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Benson John Lossing papers also at Syracuse University.