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Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Johnson, Rossiter

JOHNSON, ROSSITER, an American editor; born in Rochester, N. Y., Jan. 27, 1840; was educated there, and edited the Rochester “Democrat” jointly with Robert Carter. From 1869 to 1872 he edited the Concord (N. H.) “Statesman”; in 1873-1877 was associated with George Ripley and Charles A. Dana in editing the “American Cyclopædia”; in 1879-1880 aided Sydney Howard Gay in his “History of the United States.” In 1883 he became editor of the “Annual Cyclopædia.” He devised and edited the series of “Little Classics” (16 vols. 1874-1875; two additional vols. 1880). He was editor-in-chief of the “World's Great Books” (50 vols. 1898-1901). Life of Captain John Smith” (1916); “Episodes of Civil War” (1916).