Platt Rogers Spencer (also Platt R. Spencer) was born in East Fishkill, New York on November 7, 1800 and died in Geneva, Ohio on May 16, 1864. Spencer is credited as being the originator of Spencerian penmanship, a popular system of cursive handwriting. Spencer was born in East Fishkill, New York on November 7, 1800. His father, Caleb, died in 1806, and the family moved to Jefferson, Ohio in 1810, which was, at that time, unsettled. Platt was passionately fond of writing and, because paper was difficult to obtain at the time, Spencer wrote on birch tree bark, sand, ice, snow, the fly-leaves of his mother\s Bible and, by permission of a cobbler, the leather in his shop. In 1815, he taught his first writing class and, from 1816 to 1821, he was a clerk and a book keeper and, from 1821 to 1824, he studied in law, Latin, English literature and penmanship, taught in a common school and
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