Brewster was born in Blooming Grove, New York, in 1830. He began his journalistic work on the newspaper at Beliot College
in Wisconsin, and continued to contribute to newspapers throughout the country steadily until shortly before his death. Brewster
married Lucy Gale Truesdell, and then in 1858 moved to San Francisco. In addition to writing and serving occasionally as
an editor, he held a succession of other jobs, including hotel man, lumber boss, and farm hand, and more ofen, school teacher,
first in "the gold fields" and then on the island of Oahu, where he opened "Brewster's School" in Honolulu. He traveled widely
within the United States and Europe, writing under various pseudonyms besides his own name, including Algernon, Truthful James,
Cottonade, Bumlebee, and Veritas. Returning to California, Brewster started the first public school in Santa Barbara before
ending up in Santa Cruz, where he died in 1907.
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