1817–1873

Ap­ril 18, 1817, Wes­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Oc­to­ber 5, 1873, Ridge­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Sylvester was the son of Jo­shua Main and Han­nah Gil­bert, and fath­er of Hu­bert Main.

He started out as a sing­ing school teach­er. He lat­er part­nered with Lu­ci­us Big­low to take over Will­iam Brad­bu­ry’s bus­i­ness in 1867, form­ing the well known Big­low & Main pub­lish­ing house.

Among the play­mates who used to ga­ther on the vill­age green was Syl­ves­ter Main, who was two or three years older than I. He was a prime fa­vor­ite with the gent­ler sex, for he used to pro­tect us from the an­noy­anc­es of more mis­chie­vous boys. In the au­tumn of 1834 moth­er and I left Ridge­field and went to live again in West­ches­ter Coun­ty [New York]; and I then bade my friend, Syl­ves­ter, adieu. Not un­til thir­ty years lat­er did we meet again, this time, strange­ly enough, in the of­fice of Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry with whom he was af­ter­wards a bus­i­ness part­ner; and from 1864 to the time of his death in 1873 we worked to­ge­ther con­stan­tly.

Crosby, p. 8

Main’s works in­clude:

  1. Breaking Morn
  2. Brownsville
  3. Living for Je­sus
  4. Perez
  5. Phillips