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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
Operated with Francis C. Lowell and others in introducing the power-loom and the manufacture of cotton on a large scale into the United States, a factory being established at Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1814, and another in 1822 at Lowell, Massachusetts, of which city he was one of the founders. He was a member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1816, 1821, 1822, 1824 and 1827, and in1831-1833and 1842 of the national House of Representatives, in which he was prominent as an advocate of protective duties. He died in Boston on the 14th of July 1861.
His son, Thomas Gold Appleton (1812-1884), who graduated at Harvard in 1831, had some reputation as a writer, an artist and a patron of the fine arts, but was better known for his witticisms, one of which, the oft-quoted "Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris," is sometimes attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes. He published some poems and, in prose, Nile Journal (1876), Syrian Sunshine (1877), Windfalls (1878), and Chequer-Work (1879).
See the memoir of Nathan Appleton by Robert C. Winthrop (Boston, 1861); and Susan Hale's Life and Letters of Thomas Gold Appleton (New York, 1885).
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Nathan Appleton'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/n/nathan-appleton.html. 1910.