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August 28, 1894: William Howells died in Jefferson, Ohio

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Publisher and diplomat William Cooper Howells (May 15, 1807-August 28, 1894) was born in Wales and brought to the Wheeling area as a child. He was the father of the prominent author, critic and playwright William Dean Howells.

At 21, Howells began work as an apprentice typesetter at the Virginia Statesman, a Wheeling newspaper. Before starting two Wheeling newspapers of his own, the Gleaner (1828) and the

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