James Parton, 1822–91, American biographer, b. England. He came to the United States in 1827. In 1848 he joined the staff of N. P. Willis's Home Journal in New York City. His biographical writing began with the very successful Life of Horace Greeley (1855) and was followed by biographies of Aaron Burr (1857), Andrew Jackson (1859–60), John Jacob Astor (1865), and others.
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