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Charles Scribner Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Childhood and Early Life

Publishing company founder Charles Scribner was born on the 21 February 1821 in New York to Betsey Hawley and Uriah Rogers Scribner.

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Education

Charles Scribner was educated at the Lawrenceville School (1834-1837), studied for 12 months at New York University and enrolled at Princeton University (1840).

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Rise to Fame

After graduating from Princeton, Charles Scribner commenced studying at law school but left because of ill health and travelled to Europe. Returning home, he formed a publishing house with Isaac D. Baker which they named Baker and Scribner.

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Career

Baker and Scribner concentrated solely on publishing and focused on contemporary authors and religious books. Baker died in 1850, and Scribner changed the name of the company to Charles Scribner and Company. In 1857, he went into partnership with Charles Welford importing foreign books. In the mid-1860s, the company expanded into the magazine publishing business.

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Personal Life

Charles Scribner was married to Emma Elizabeth Blair. They had three sons: John Blair (1850-1879), Charles Scribner II (1854-1930) and Arthur Hawley Scribner (1959-1932). Travelling in Europe, Charles Scriber contacted typhoid and died in Switzerland on the 26 August 1871.


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