Born: 1806 Maine
Flourished: 1838-1850 Tazewell County, Illinois
As early as 1838, Dorset lived in the area near Pekin, Illinois, where he was a farmer until at least 1850. By 1860, he had moved his family to Chicago, where he was employed as a commission merchant. In 1867, Dorsett authored a treatise on agriculture in the United States, and in 1868, he was promoting new methods of preserving grain and hay.
U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Tazewell County, IL, 4; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Tazewell County, IL, 96; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 2, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 81; Folsom Dorsett, Dorsett's Treatise on Agriculture (Chicago: Rounds & James, 1867); Sangamo Journal, 20 October 1838, 3:3; Prairie Farmer 21 (1868): 305, 388.