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Nelson, William Rockhill

Douglass K. Daniel

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Nelson, William Rockhill (07 March 1841–13 April 1915), newspaper publisher, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Isaac DeGroff Nelson, a businessman and politician, and Elizabeth Rockhill, the daughter of an Indiana lawmaker and congressman. Nelson grew up in a cultured, prominent family. He was an avid reader from age five but had no interest in formal education. Ordered by his parents in 1856 to attend the University of Notre Dame, the willful and mischievous young man was sent home after two undisciplined years of study. His father, then the clerk of Allen County (Ind.) Circuit Court, hired Nelson as his deputy. He studied law while working for his father and was a member of the bar at age twenty-one....

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Subjects: Journalism

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