Tire Legislatnre of Massachusetts have had some tables prepared to show the mean average of 1ife attained by individuals engaged in various employments, and from which we cnll the following interesting facts :Bank officers are the longest lived, their aveyage being 68 to 76 ; next judges and justices, 65, and then agriculturists whose average is from 63 to 93. Clergymen, coopers, gentlemen, pnblic officers and shipwrights average from and between 55 and 60. Blacksmiths, butchers, calico printers, lawyers, hatters, merchants, physicians, and ropemakers attain ages varying from 50 to 55. Carpenters, masons and traders live from 45 to' 50. Bankers, editors, jewelers, mannfacturers, mechanics, painters, shoemakers and tailors average from 40 to 45. Machinists, musi cians, and printers live from 35 to 40, and clerks, operatives and teachers are the shortest lived of all being, only from 30 to 35. Of course, it is not necessary that a person who follows any of the above businesses should die at a definite age, but still the table gives a vfiry good test as to the effect of employment in wearing out the human frame.
This article was originally published with the title "Longevity of Persons Engaged in Different Occupations" in Scientific American 13, 47, 371 (July 1858)