The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Winsor, Justin

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WINSOR, wĭn'zȯr, Justin, American historian and librarian: b. Boston, Mass., 2 Jan. 1831; d. Cambridge, 22 Oct. 1897. He was educated at Harvard, and subsequently studied at Paris and Heidelberg. He was superintendent of the Boston Public Library 1868-77, and librarian of Harvard 1877-97. He published ‘History of the Town of Duxbury’ (1849); ‘Bibliography of Original Quartos and Folios of Shakespeare’ (1876); ‘Reader's Handbook of the American Revolution’ (1880); ‘Memorial History of Boston’ (edited 1880-82); ‘Narrative and Critical History of America’ (edited 8 vols., 1884-89), his most scholarly achievement; ‘Christopher Columbus’ (1891); ‘From Cartier to Frontenac’ (1894); ‘The Mississippi Basin: The Struggle in America between England and France’ (1895). He ranked as the highest authority on the early history of North America.