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Henry Dexter (1813–1910)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1903
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 52 × 40 in. (132.1 × 101.6 cm) Framed: 66 1/4 × 54 1/4 × 5 1/2 in. (168.3 × 137.8 × 14 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Henry Dexter
Object Number: 1906.4
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A native of West Cambridge, Mass., Henry Dexter moved to New York in 1836 where he was employed in a hardware business, but six years later gave that up to go into marketing and distribution of books and magazines. In 1864 he organized the American News Co., of which he was president for many years. He became a member of New-York Historical Society in 1863, and in 1904 partly financed the construction of the Society's new home on Central Park West. The main exhibition area on the second floor is named for Dexter.