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James Harper, Sr.

Birthplace: Newtown, Queens County, New York, United States
Death: March 27, 1869 (73)
Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Harper and Elizabeth Harper
Husband of Maria Harper; Julia Ann Harper and Julia Ann Thorne
Father of Philip Jacob Arcularius Harper; Julia Millard; Elizabeth Harper; James Thorne Harper; Daughter 2 Harper and 2 others
Brother of Joseph Wesley Harper, Publisher; Fletcher Koyler Harper, Sr.; Phoebe Harper; Nelson Harper and John Harper

Occupation: 65th Mayor of NYC; Owner of Harper & Row
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About James Harper, Sr.

James Harper (April 13, 1795 – March 27, 1869), was an American publisher and politician in the early-to-mid 19th century. With his brother John, James founded the printer J. & J. Harper in 1817. The name was changed to Harper & Brothers in 1825 when the two other brothers, Wesley & Fletcher Harper, joined their brothers. With the name change the company also broadened their printing business to also include publishing services.

James Harper served as Mayor of New York City 1844-45.


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James Harper, Sr.'s Timeline

April 13, 1795
Newtown, Queens County, New York, United States
October 21, 1824
September 20, 1851
March 27, 1869
Age 73
Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
March 31, 1869
Age 73
The four brothers lay side by side in a tomb erected by their descendants in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, United States