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Joseph Carter Abbott and the Boston "Atlas and Bee"

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Joseph Carter Abbott was a man of many talents born on July 15, 1825 in Concord, New Hampshire. While he did a lot for himself there, including being the owner and editor of the Daily American and being an administrative officer of the New Hampshire militia, he steadily moved further south in his adult life, eventually winding up in North Carolina. His name became much better known down there, but he did make his mark on Boston.

Joseph Carter Abbott was not born in Boston nor did he spend a significant amount of time there. He was educated at the Phillips Academy and was admitted to the bar all without having much to do with the city. However, he did run the short-lived Boston "Atlas and Bee." This periodical ran 6 days a week, excluding only Sunday. However, it only ran from late 1859 (or 1860 by some accounts) to 1861. Abbott was the editor for the entirety of its run. Today, it is not a particularly important paper in the annals of history and Abbott has his claim to fame elsewhere. Nonetheless, it can be spotted as the occasional source in a historical piece. A few articles from the paper are available here.

After his time at the Boston "Atlas and Bee," Joseph Carter Abbott became even more active in the military, fought in the Civil War, started up a hugely successful company, held several public offices, became a Senator and founded a town that would fail right along with his business. He died in North Carolina at about the age of 57.



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