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Alvin R. Dunton
Master Penman

Professor Alvin R. Dunton died this year [1891] on Oct. 8, at the age of 79 years. Professor Dunton was born in Hope, Maine, but lived in Camden many years. He was the son of Abner Dunton and grandson of Abner Dunton, one of the first settlers of the town of Lincolnville. His father was the second child born in that town.

Abner, the grandfather, was a man of giant statue and great strength. After Molineaux’s mill was established at the outlet of Lake Megunticook he was in the habit of taking his corn there to be ground. In 1787 he went to the mill across the lake on the ice and when returning hauling his meal on a sled in the dark he broke through and was drowned. The next day it was found that he had broken up a half acre of ice in his powerful efforts to save himself. The accident occurred [sic] near what is still called “Dunton’s Rock.”

Professor Dunton was chiefly distinguished for his great skill as a pen artist. As a writer and teacher of penmanship he probably never has had a superior. He was the author of the Duntonian System of Penmanship, and his pen pictures prove that he was an artist of much ability. Professor Dunton traveled extensively and taught penmanship in nearly all the states in the union, and also traveled in Europe. He also acted as an expert on hand writing and for a long time had charge of the penmanship in the Boston schools.

He was the author of "The True Story of the Hart-Meservey Murder Trial," a book of over 300 pages, in which he undertakes to prove that Nathan F. Hart was unjustly convicted of the murder of Sarah H. Meservey at Tenant’s Harbor in 1878.

Professor Dunton was a man of strong and positive convictions and possessed nerve and determination to carry his convictions into execution. He was twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Harris and his second wife Laura Pendleton. He had no children.

Source: History of Camden and Rockport, Maine, Reuel Robinson, Camden publishing Company, 1907, pages 489-490.


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