Orson Desaix Munn I
|Orson Desaix Munn I|
|Born||June 11, 1824|
|Died||February 28, 1907(aged 82)|
|Known for||Scientific American|
|Children||Orson Desaix Munn II
Louisine Elder Munn
|Relatives||Orson Desaix Munn III|
He received his education at the academy in his native town, and, deciding on a business career, went to work for a bookstore in Springfield. After two years of this experience, he returned to accept a more important commercial trust in Monson, but soon found his way to New York City. He took over the publishing operations of Munn & Company, a New York patent firm, with Salem H. Wales and Alfred Ely Beach as editor.
With Beach, he bought the six-month-old Scientific American magazine from Rufus Porter. The purchase price of this property was less than $1,000, and it included a subscription list of 200 names. Porter continued as editor, and the enterprise, placed on a sound business basis, at once proved a success. It was the first popular scientific journal in the United States, and it is now the oldest, having a recognized standing throughout the civilized world. Its function has been the publication of the record of the progress of art and science both at home and abroad.
In 1876 the demand upon its space was so great, owing to the increased interest that resulted from the Centennial Exposition, that a Scientific American Supplement was started. An Architect and Builders' edition, published monthly, was established in 1885.
Among the earliest requests made to the publishers of the Scientific American was for advice concerning the procuring of letters-patent for new inventions, there being at that time no professional patent solicitors. This department of the business developed with great rapidity, and a branch office for it was soon opened in Washington, D.C. For many years Munn & Co. enjoyed a virtual monopoly of this class of business, and upward of 100,000 applications for patents were made by this house. Munn strictly adhered to a principle never to invest a penny in any patented invention.
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Munn, Orson Desaix". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton
- "June 11". Today in Sci. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
- "Married". Time (magazine). June 4, 1934. Retrieved 2008-07-15. "Louisine Elder Munn, daughter of Orson Desaix Munn, publisher of the Scientific American, and of the late Actress Margaret Lawrence; and Berkeley Wendell Jackson; in Manhattan."
- "Orson Desaix Munn". New York Times. 4 March 1907. "Funeral services at the Madison Square Presbyterian Church ..."
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