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Blunt, Joseph

Male 1792 - 1860  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Blunt, Joseph  [1, 2
    Born Feb 1792  Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation an American lawyer, author, editor and politician from New York. He was the oldest of four sons of Edmund March Blunt (1770-1862), a newspaper publisher and book seller in Newburyport, who in 1796 compiled and published the American CoastPilot, a description of all ports on the United States coast with sailing directions, lists of lighthouses and other important nautical information. In 1802, Edmund M. Blunt published the American Practical Navigator by Nathaniel Bowditchwho became the godfather of Joseph's younger brother Nathaniel Bowditch Blunt.
    Joseph Blunt first came into notice by writing on the Missouri question in 1820. Soon afterward he wrote an article on the Laibach circular, published in the North American Review, which attracted the attention of politicians. In 1825, hepublished a Historical Sketch of the Formation of the American Confederacy (8 vol.), and from 1827 to 1835 he edited the American Annual Register. He also published Speeches, Reviews, and Reports (1843) and Merchants' and Shipmasters'Assistant (1829 and 1848).
    He was long a leading Whig and protectionist. In 1851, Millard Fillmore appointed him Commissioner to China, but he declined to take office. In September 1855, he was a delegate to the Anti-Nebraska state convention in Syracuse whichmerged with the Whigs to form the Republican Party in the State of New York.
    In 1858, he was appointed by Gov. John A. King New York County District Attorney to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Peter B. Sweeny.  [2
    Reference Number 111735 
    Died 16 Jun 1860  New York City, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I111735  Goodwin
    Last Modified 28 May 2011 

    Father Blunt, Edmund March,   b. 1770,   d. 1862  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Unknown,   b. Abt 1773 
    Married Abt 1791  [3
    Family ID F47138  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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