Dexter, Timothy, 1747–1806, American merchant and eccentric, b. Malden, Mass. He gained a fortune from the American Revolution by buying up depreciated certificates of indebtedness that were afterward reclaimed at full value. He also gained money by shrewd mercantile transactions. He was styled
Lord Timothy Dexterby his fellows, and he accepted the title. Dexter wrote A Pickle for the Knowing Ones (1802), remarkable for the totally individual, or atrocious, spelling and the absence of all punctuation. In the second edition he added a page of
stopsso that readers could
peper and solt it as they plese.
See biographies by J. P. Marquand (1925 and 1960).
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