Life of William T. Porter. Francis Brinley.
Life of William T. Porter

Pioneer of American Sporting Journalism

Life of William T. Porter.

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.

Portrait frontispiece. vii, 273 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Pioneer of American Sporting Journalism. Original brown pebbled cloth. Original spine has been laid down, else very good. Bruns B228; Fairfax Harrison, The Background of the American Stud Book, pp. 87-88 et passim. Item #240498

The biography of Porter, who in 1831 founded the American sporting periodical "Spirit of the Times," and served as its editor from 1835 to 1850. He also edited the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine from 1840-1844, and the annual American Turf Register and Racing & Trotting Calendar from 1845-1855. He was a figure of enormous influence in the history of flat racing in America.

"As a sportsman Porter was never a practicing horseman: his individual interest was in angling. But as a reporter of racing none has ever surpassed him" (Harrrison).

"This biography is by Porter's brother-in-law and contains much on Porter's angling activities. Porter has been thought of as the father of the school of American sporting literature" (Bruns).

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