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Munsell, Joel

David S. Edelstein

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602495

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Munsell, Joel (14 April 1808–15 January 1880), printer and publisher, was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, the son of Joel Munsell, a wagon- and plowmaker, and Cynthia Paine. Munsell attended the local elementary school and worked with his father for three years. In 1825 he went to Greenfield, Massachusetts, where he became an apprentice in a printing shop and continued his education by reading widely and studying Latin, French, and Spanish. He left for Albany, New York, in 1827 and for six years held a variety of jobs there. He amassed volumes of scrapbooks on literary, historical, and typographic subjects and continued to do so all of his life....

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