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Helper, Hinton Rowan (27 December 1829–08 March 1909), publicist, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, the son of Daniel Helper and Sally Brown, farmers. Helper’s family owned 200 acres of land and possibly a slave family. He was educated at home by his widowed mother and at nearby Mocksville Academy. In 1850, after serving out his apprenticeship to a storekeeper in Salisbury, North Carolina, he used money embezzled from his master (and apparently later repaid) to travel to New York City, where he was unable to find satisfactory employment. He went to California in early 1851 and remained there for two and a half years, returning to North Carolina after failing to find gold....