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1888 Engraving GEN. JAMES APPLETON Essex County Ipswich Ma. Genealogy History

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Antique 1888 steel engraving bookplate!


General James Appleton, son of Samuel (3) Appleton, was born at Ipswich, February 14, 1785 (or 1786). He was an active and conspicuous citizen. His military career began during the War of 1812. He rose through all the grades and became brigadier-general of the Massachusetts militia. He resided in Ipswich and Gloucester in early life and removed to Portland, Maine, where he became prominent in public life, an influential member of the legislature. Although Neal Dow is given credit for being father of the Maine prohibitory law, General Appleton first introduced the measure in a report he made to the legislature in 1837, and was an earnest worker in the temperance movement. After the death of Samuel Gilman Appleton, his brother, he inherited the homestead known as "Appleton farms" at Ipswich and afterwards made his home there. He retained his interest in politics and made a memorable address to the Ipswich soldiers at the railroad station as they started for the front in the Civil War. He died August 25, 1862. He married, November 15, 1807, Sarah, daughter of Rev. Daniel Fuller, of Gloucester.


Portrait with signature facsimile.

This is from a collection of bookplates rescued from a badly damaged two volume 1888 first edition set entitled "History Of Essex County Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers And Prominent Men." By D. Hamilton Hurd.

For provenance, you will receive a copy of the title page. We also leave the edge untrimmed, which provides origin provenance.

The approximate entire bookplate size is 7.5 x 10.5 inches or 19 x 27 cm. The backside, or verso, is blank.

Very good. See images for condition, some have spots, foxing, tears, etc.


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