November 9, 1948

Nantucket newspaperman and editor of the Inquirer & Mirror for forty-one years, Harry B. Turner died in 1948.

Born on Nantucket in 1877, Turner began working at the Inquirer & Mirror at age sixteen while still in school as an apprentice setting type by hand.

After a three-year apprenticeship, Turner worked at various mainland newspapers and returned to Nantucket in 1896 to work at the Inquirer & Mirror. In 1907, Turner’s mentor, Roland B. Hussey, stepped down as editor. Turned would be the newspaper’s editor until his death. Under Turner’s leadership, the Inquirer & Mirror published the first Argument Settlers book, which is still in print. In 1921, the newspaper celebrated its centennial anniversary with a book titled 100 Years on Nantucket.

Turner was active in many organizations and served as vice-president of Pacific National Bank and as a life councillor at the Nantucket Historical Association and wrote a history the Union Lodge.

Excerpted from On This Day In Nantucket History
By Amy Jenness
The History Press
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