Fletcher Harper (1806-1877)

Fletcher Harper and his three brothers, James, John, and (Joseph) Wesley, began as printers, but in 1825 decided to become publishers. In 1833 the company was named Harper & Brothers. Because there was no international copyright law, they were the first in the United States to publish works by authors such as Dickens, Eliot, and Thackeray. Fletcher was very astute and began several book series, such as educational books. Fletcher suggested "Harper's Weekly" in 1857. Fletcher became head of the firm when James died in 1869.

Date:
1861 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES17144
Photographer:
Jeremiah Gurney
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9532px
Width:
5756px
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