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November 27, 2013

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General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), Secretary of War (1801-1809) and Congressman (1793-1797), is perhaps best known as an indecisive senior American general during the War of 1812.

Printing Invention

American Stereotypes: The legislature of Connecticut, at its late session, incorporated a company for the manufacturing of Stereotypes at Hartford. The Stereotypes are cast in plates, or pages and not singly as the common printing types are cast.

COMMENT: The invention of stereotyping revolutionized the printing of books. A mold made from a page composed with individual types is used to print copies of the entire page. This can then be used for years to reprint the page, while the individual types are redistributed for further use. It made the production of books enormously cheaper, and thus promoted popular literature of all sorts.

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