Arthur Dudley Vinton (December 23, 1852 – September 12, 1906) was an author and lawyer.
Dudley Vinton, as he was called, was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 23, 1852. He was the third son of the Reverend Dr. Francis Vinton (1809–1872) and his second wife, Elizabeth Mason (née Perry) Vinton (1819–1878). His father, who was previously married to Maria Bowen Whipple, was a well-known pastor affiliated with the Trinity Church in Newport and Trinity Church in lower Manhattan.
His maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Champlin (née Mason) Perry and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who was known as "The Hero of Lake Erie." His paternal grandparents were Mary (née Atwell) Vinton and David Vinton. His paternal aunt, Elizabeth Vinton, was married to Union Army Gen. George S. Greene, and was the father of Francis Vinton Greene.
After graduation from law school, Vinton worked at Evarts, Southmayd & Choate, before starting a law firm in 1879 with two wealthy classmates, his cousin, Perry Belmont, and George Griswold Frelinghuysen. The firm of Vinton, Belmont & Frelinghuysen lasted about five years. Belmont was elected to the House of Representatives and Frelinghuysen married into the Ballantine family and soon became president of the Ballantine Brewing company.
When his friend Lloyd Bryce, whom he met at Columbia Law, became the editor of the North American Review in 1889, Vinton abandoned the law and began working there and contributing. He also invented an automatic railway signal.
- The Pomfret Mystery: A Novel of Incident (1886)
- The Unpardonable Sin (1889)
- Looking Further Backward (1890), a derisory sequel to Edward Bellamy's novel Looking Backward.
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- "The Looker On". Brooklyn Life. 22 Sep 1906. p. 18. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
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- Trentmann, Frank (2012). The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption. Oxford University Press. p. 424. ISBN 9780191624353. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "DIED" (PDF). The New York Times. 13 September 1906. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Arthur D. Vinton Buried at Newport" (PDF). The New York Times. 15 September 1906. Retrieved 26 June 2019.