The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Appleton, Daniel
APPLETON, Daniel, American publisher: b. Haverhill, Mass., 10 Dec. 1785; d. New York city, 27 March 1849. After engaging in the dry-goods business in Haverhill, Boston and New York, he began importing English books with his merchandise. He presently devoted himself exclusively to the business of printing and publishing, and between 1830 and 1849, together with his sons, laid the foundation for the successful career of the American firm D. Appleton & Company. Its publications extend over the entire field of literature, and it has rendered great service in issuing the works of modern scientists at moderate prices; for example, Herbert Spencer, Tyndall, Huxley, Darwin, etc. Medical books form a special department, and Spanish books for the South American market a specialty which the firm has made its own. In belles-lettres and American history it has a strong list of names among its authors.