Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Fuller, Hiram

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FULLER, Hiram, journalist, b. in Halifax, Plymouth co., Mass., about 1815; d. in 1880. After teaching in Plympton, he was principal of the Green street seminary in Providence, R. I., where he had Margaret Fuller for his assistant. He afterward became a bookseller in Providence, and in 1843 associated himself with N. P. Willis and George P. Morris in the publication of the “New Mirror.” The three afterward established the “Daily Mirror,” of which Fuller became sole proprietor, and edited it for fourteen years. He wrote for it a series of clever society letters from Newport, under the pen-name of “Belle Brittan.” Under Taylor's administration Fuller had a place in the navy department. He went abroad at the beginning of the civil war, espoused the Confederate cause, and established the “Cosmopolitan” newspaper in London. After being twice a bankrupt, he became a journalist and adventurer in Paris. He published “The Groton Letters” (1845); “Belle Brittan on a Tour” (New York, 1858); “Sparks from a Locomotive, by Belle Brittan” (1859); and “Grand Transformation Scenes in the United States, or Glimpses of Home after Thirteen Years Abroad” (1875).