Charles Lanman (1819-1895) was an editor, librarian, and author. He also wrote travel accounts of his explorations in wilderness
areas of the eastern United States, and is best known as the publisher of the
Dictionary of Congress, first issued in 1859. The collection consists of holograph manuscripts of Lanman's published works, portions of two unpublished
manuscript autobiographies, manuscripts of his works on travel in the U.S., and his biographical sketches.
Lanman was born on June 14, 1819 in Monroe, Michigan; worked ten years at a business in New York City before returning to
Michigan to edit the Monroe gazette in 1845; the next year was the associate editor of the Cincinnati chronicle, and in 1847 was an assistant on the New York express; in 1849 he became librarian of the War Department in Washington, D.C.;
in 1850 he became librarian of copyrights and private secretary of Daniel Webster, and in 1853 examiner of depositories for
the southern states; from 1855-57 he served as librarian and head of the returns office in the Interior Department, in 1866
the librarian of the House of Representatives, and from 1871-82, secretary to the Japanese legation; wrote travel accounts
of his explorations of wilderness areas of the eastern United States; best known as the publisher of the Dictionary of Congress, first issued in 1859; he died in 1895.
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