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Ticknor, William Davislocked

(06 August 1810–10 April 1864)
  • Ezra Greenspan


Ticknor, William Davis (06 August 1810–10 April 1864), publisher, was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the son of William Ticknor and Betsy Ellis, farmers. Ticknor spent his formative years on the family farm and in the neighboring town. During the winter he attended the district school, and in the summer he worked on the farm. Finding such a narrow life not to his liking, he followed the pattern of many of his immediate ancestors as well as New England contemporaries in their desire for broader opportunities, leaving home at age seventeen. Arriving in Boston with no clear professional direction or training, he worked first in his uncle Benjamin’s brokerage house and then in a commercial bank before turning his financial skills to a new profession: bookselling. In 1832 he went into partnership with John Allen at Boston’s Old Corner Bookstore, which he soon took over as sole proprietor....

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