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Tanner, Henry Schenck (1786–1858)

John G. Johnson Biography

Henry Schenck Tanner, cartographer and statistical geographer, was born in 1786 in New York. He established his well-known publishing company in Philadelphia and was the first person in the United States to publish a map of Texas, using Stephen F. Austin's 1829 map. His map was published in 1830 and went through eight editions. Tanner is best known for his New American Atlas, published in five parts from 1818 to 1823, with a last edition published in 1839. He died in New York in 1858.

Dictionary of American Biography. Elizabeth Whitlow, "H. S. Tanner's Maps of Texas," Texana 3 (Spring 1965).


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

John G. Johnson, “Tanner, Henry Schenck,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 26, 2020,

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