Samuel Augustus Mitchell

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1790 – 1868) was an American geographer and bookseller. During the middle of the 19th century, he became the dominant commercial publisher of geographic materials in America. Mitchell worked as a teacher of geography before turning to publishing, but he found the materials available to students both antiquated and lacking, and so decided to abandon teaching in favor of producing geographic textbooks and maps. He quickly became one of America’s greatest cartographic publishers and played a decisive role making Americans aware of their country’ geography.

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