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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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The Queen City of the West          45
Reports of civic meetings those days usually carried the name of Judge Timothy Walker.* He and another Harvard graduate, John C. Wright, established in 1833 the first college of law west of the Alleghenies, the Cincinnati Law School;§ and he later founded the West­ern Law Journal At the Walker house on Fourth Street, Charles Dickens, Chief Justice Coleridge, Mr. Macready, the actor, and many another distinguished visitor to Cincin­nati were entertained.6
4-Thanks to the profits of industry and trade but equally to the character of its citizens, Cincinnati of the 'forties and 'fifties enjoyed a cultural and social life comparable to the leading cities of the Atlantic seaboard. It was famous for its several colleges and fifteen schools ;f for its astronomical observatory; for its thirty-five newspapers and magazines;% for its half-dozen books and music publishing houses; and especially significant for the young bookkeeper of Irwin & Foster, the city had
* Timothy Walker (1806-1856) ,19
t These included Cincinnati College, St. Xavier College (now Xavier University), Woodward College and High School, Lane Theological Seminary, colleges of law and medicine, four acad­emies and classical schools, and eleven common schools.20 Charles Dickens wrote in American Notes: "Cincinnati is honorably famous for its free-schools . . . ; no person's child among its population can, by possibility, want the means of education/*
% In addition to four or five newspapers, there were literary, religious, fraternal, medical, and trade journals, which had edito­rial and publication offices in Cincinnati.20







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