The New International Encyclopædia/Leslie, Frank

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LESLIE, Frank (1821-80). The name assumed by Henry Carter, an American publisher and journalist, born in Ipswich, England. Son of a glove manufacturer, educated in Ipswich, trained to commerce in London, he showed a natural bent for art, and contributed sketches to the Illustrated London News, signing them Frank Leslie. These were so cordially welcomed that he gave up commerce and was made superintendent of engraving on that journal. He made himself an expert and inventor in his new work, and in 1848 came to the United States, and in 1854 began publishing the first of his many illustrated journalistic ventures, The Gazette of Fashion, The New York Journal soon followed with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (1855) (now Leslie's Weekly), The Boy's and Girl's Weekly, The Budget of Fun, and many others. He was commissioner to the Paris Exposition of 1867, and received a prize there for his artistic services. His wife, Miriam Florence (Folline), a French Creole of Louisiana, on his death took, by legislative act, the name “Frank Leslie,” and for some years conducted the business with conspicuous success.