1810-1893

July 14, 1810, Portland, Maine.

April 1, 1893.

Son of Daniel P. Colesworthy and Anna Collins, Daniel the younger became a printer, having served an apprenticeship in the office of Arthur Shirley, starting at age 14. Early in his life, Daniel became editor and publisher of a young people’s paper first known as The Sabbath School Instructor, and afterwards the Moral Reformer, and Journal of Reform, which did not last many years. In June, 1840, he began publishing a small semi-monthly paper call The Youth’s Monitor, which he continued for about two years. In 1841, he began printing a weekly literary paper, the Portland Tribune. In June, 1845, sold his interest in the paper to John Edwards, publisher of the Portland Bulletin. The two united papers were called the Tribune and Bulletin.

Colesworthy kept a book store on Exchange Street, and for a while in the basement of the old Mariners’ church building, on the corner of Fore and Moulton Streets. He afterwards, and before 1851, moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and opened a bookstore on Cornhill. He was also proprietor of another nearby store, having his home in Chelsea.

Colesworthy was a voluminous writer, both in prose and verse, seeking to instruct as well as amuse his readers. Among his publications are several volumes of poetry, including:

Daniel’s son, William Gibson Colesworthy (1851–1907), entered his father’s business in 1877 and carried on his father’s bookstore at 66 Cornhill until his own death in 1907.

  1. God’s Holy Word Gives Us the Rule
  2. Little Word in Kindness Spoken, A
  3. Oh, What a Costly Sacrifice
  4. There Is a Glorious Land Afar
  5. While We Lowly Bow Before Thee
  6. Within His Ever Peaceful Breast