Nathaniel Dearborn

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Nathaniel Dearborn (1786–1852) was an engraver in 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in New England in 1786 to inventor Benjamin Dearborn;[1] siblings included John M. Dearborn and Fanny Dearborn Hanman.[2] In Boston he learned engraving from Abel Bowen. By 1814 Dearborn worked from quarters on School Street; later moving to Market Street (ca.1823), State Street (ca.1826-1831) and Washington Street (ca.1832–1852).[1][3] Around 1830, he also gave musical lessons on the flute.[4]

He died November 7, 1852, in South Reading.[1] His son, Nathaniel S. Dearborn, continued as an engraver and printer in Boston, working on Water Street (ca.1847–1851) and School Street (ca.1857-1868).[5][6] N.S. Dearborn exhibited several printed specimens in the 1850 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.[7] His grandson S.B. Dearborn also worked as a printer.[8]

Works by Dearborn[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Stauffer. American engravers upon copper and steel. NY: Grolier Club, 1907.
  2. ^ William R. Lawrence. A history of the Boston Dispensary. 1859.
  3. ^ Boston Directory. 1823, 1832, 1847, 1851.
  4. ^ Daily Columbian Centinel, Dec. 15, 1830; cited in Stauffer, 1907.
  5. ^ Boston Directory. 1847, 1851, 1861, 1868.
  6. ^ "School Street". Gleasons Pictorial. 5. 1853. 
  7. ^ 6th exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. 1850.
  8. ^ Illustrated Boston, the metropolis of New England. 1889; p.219.


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