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William d'Alton Mann

Born: Sep 27, 1839

Death: May 17, 1920

Birthplace: Sandusky

Nationality: United States

William d'Alton Mann

Date of Birth : Sep 27, 1839
Date of Death : May 17, 1920
Birth Place : Sandusky

William d'Alton Mann was an American Civil War soldier, businessman, and newspaper and magazine publisher. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, he fought at Gettysburg under George Armstrong Custer, developed the Mann Boudoir Car, a railroad sleeping car, and published the Mobile Register, The Smart Set, and Town Topics. The credibility of the latter was undermined by Mann's tacit admission in civil court to allowing robber barons to purchase immunity from coverage in the paper. During the Civil War, Mann enlisted in the 1st Michigan Cavalry and was elected as a captain. He later became the lieutenant colonel of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. Then, in the late summer of 1862, he raised and organized the 7th Michigan Cavalry and was promoted to its colonel on February 9, 1863. Following the war, he was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. The Swiss-born American artist Adolfo Muller-Ury began a portrait of Mann in the middle of October 1902. When finished, Town Topics, November 27, 1902, commented favourably on the portrait of its proprietor: ‘...Mr. Ury’s friends will be pleased to note that his work has broadened a great deal in recent months.

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