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Arunah Shepherdson Abell
Birth: Aug. 10, 1806
East Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1888
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

Journalist, Newspaper Publisher. Born in East Providence, R.I., where he was also raised. He started The Sun as a penny paper in 1837. He was the founder of the Philadelphia "Public Ledger" and Baltimore "Sun" newspapers. Arunah's personal life also reached a milestone in 1838, when he married a widow named Mary Fox Campbell. By 1850, business was good enough that Arunah was able to commission a new cast iron building for the paper, designed by architect James Bogardus. Throughout the 19th century, Baltimore had a number of newspapers. Many of them were overtly partisan, such as the pro-Republican Baltimore American. Arunah's Sun, however, despite its origins as a penny paper, had by the late 19th century developed into the newspaper of Baltimore's upper class. By 1864, Arunah was sole proprietor of the Sun and had sold his share in the Public Ledger. In his efforts to get news as quickly as possible, he made use of pony express, coaches, trains, ships, and even carrier pigeons. He established a new pony express route from New Orleans, in conjunction with the publishers of the New Orleans Daily Picayune, during the Mexican-American War. Using this advancement, he was able to learn of the US victory at Veracruz, Mexico before Washington DC; he then sent word to the president. In Philadelphia, The Ledger became the dominant newspaper for decades, but faded and ceased publication in 1942. In Baltimore, The Sun is still published seven days a week, and still regarded as a better than average big city daily. Arunah died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 81. (bio by: Shock) 
 
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 Parents:
  Caleb Abell (1763 - 1842)
  Elona Shepardson Abell (1767 - 1847)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Fox Abell (____ - 1859)*
 
 Children:
  Edwin Franklin Abell (1840 - 1904)*
  Charles S. Abell (1848 - 1875)*
  Walter Robert Abell (1849 - 1891)*
  Helen M. Abell Baughman (1856 - 1940)*
 
 Siblings:
  Caleb Abell (1802 - 1878)**
  Robert Abell (1804 - 1849)*
  Arunah Shepherdson Abell (1806 - 1888)
  Sarah Abell (1807 - 1830)*
  Preserved Thompson Abell (1811 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Green Mount Cemetery
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Plot: Cedar Area, Lots 19-21
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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