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 William D. Swan was a mason turned teacher turned publisher. While a school teacher, he made a fortune by writing school textbooks.

William Draper Swan, 1809-1864, representative publication titles. Many were printed earlier than these listed and were reprinted many times.


American Comprehensive Reader; for the Use of Schools. 1855

Critic Criticised. 1860

District School Reader. 1845

First Lessons in the History of the United States: Compiled for the Use of Common Schools by a Practical Teacher. 1856

Grammar School Reader, Consisting of Selections in Prose and Poetry, with Exercises in Articulation. 1844

Instructive Reader. A Course of Reading in Natural History, Science and Literature. Designed for the Use of Schools. 1848

Primary School Arithmetic ... By Daniel Leach and William D. Swan. 1850

Primary School Reader. 1844

Primary School Spelling Book; Designed for Primary and Intermediate Schools. By William D. Swan. 1850

Questions Adapted to Emerson' North American Arithmetic, Part Third. By William D. Swan. 1838

Reply to Messrs. G. & C. Merriam's Attack upon the Character of Dr. Worcester and His Dictionaries. 1854

Swan's First[-Third] Reader. The Primary School Reader, Part First[-Third]. 1854

Young Ladies' Reader; Containing Rules, Observations, and Exercises and Articulation, Pauses, Inflections, and Emphasis; Also Exercises in Reading, in Prose and Poetry. 1851


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