Biography and History

William James Linton was born on December 7, 1812 in London, England. Educated in Stratford, Linton moved back to London and became a wood engraver. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Linton was also a political activist in favor of free press, free speech, universal suffrage, and women’s rights. After encountering political and financial troubles in England, he moved to New York and spent the rest of his life in the United States. Here he found artistic and political acceptance. He worked at the Ladies’ School of Design at the Cooper Institute, designed illustrations for a number of prominent American book publishers, and made illustrations for Scribner’s Monthly, Century Magazine, and Aldine. Politically, he joined the Universal Republican Alliance. In 1870 he moved to Connecticut where he established his own press and continued to produce engravings for publishers. He passed away in New Haven on December 29, 1897.

Source: From the finding aid for C0174

  • W. J. Linton Collection. 1840-1897 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0174

    William James Linton was an English-born engraver and political activist. The collection consists of 36 of Linton’s letters, related correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials. Three manuscripts of poems, possibly Linton’s, a manuscript of a novel by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and unidentified artwork complete the collection.