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John Neal, Portland, ca. 1870

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John Neal, Portland, ca. 1870 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 9, page 279.

John Neal of Portland (1793-1876) epitomized the spirit of 19th century Maine.

He was a boxer, novelist, gymnast, publisher, architect, quarryman, lawyer, phrenologist, pro-feminist and America's first art critic.

In 1827, after living in England, Neal settled in his home town, founded the acclaimed, but short-lived, literary magazine, The Yankee, and helped stimulate an artistic climate that flourished through the Civil War.