Murat Halstead, an American journalist, born at Ross, Butler co., Ohio, Sept. 2, 1829. Until the age of 19 he passed the summers in working on his father's farm and the winters at school. He completed his education at Farmer's college, near Cincinnati, in 1851. At 18 years of age he became a contributor to newspapers, and before leaving college had acquired facility as a writer of fiction and light miscellanies. Abandoning his intention of studying law, he established himself in 1851 in Cincinnati, and started a Sunday newspaper, of which only two numbers were published. After finding employment on the "Enquirer," the "Columbian and Great West," and other papers, he became in March, 1852, city editor of the "Cincinnati Commercial," and a few-months later was appointed its news editor. In May, 1854, he acquired a small pecuniary interest in the " Commercial," and upon the death of the principal owner in 18GG the control of the paper passed into his hands. During the 12 years preceding this event its good will alone had increased more than fourfold in value, and it had become through Mr. Hal-stead's efforts one of the most influential papers of the west.

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