James Augustus Stevens
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James Augustus Stevens]
James Augustus Stevens was born in 1810
in Somerset, Penn and died at Oakland College, Mississippi on Feb 8, 1857.
The correct spelling of his surname is
The quotes below are from his obituary printed in Feb of 1857 in the Yazoo
City Banner. His printing presses were sold to the new
owner of the Banner about 1850 when his health declined.
James Augustus Stevens started the first
newspaper in Manchester (later Yazoo City), Mississippi. The exact date
is not there but it had to be about 1834-1836 era.
His 1857 obituary stated that he served
for several years in the Navy under Commodore Perry, and "by his energy
and strict attention to his duties, became quite a favorite with
that distinguished officer. "
"After leaving the service he became connected
with the press of the country and for thirty years directed all his energies
to the promotion of those political principles which he ardently adopted
in his youth, and cherished through live with that kind of devotion, characteristic
of honest of purpose and warm reliance on their correctness."
It states that he was one of the first
settlers of the area, started the Manchester Herald - the
first Newspaper published this far north in Mississippi and conducted it
for several years, with an energy and zeal that gave it a high character
thoroughout its scope of circulation. A few years after, the name was changed
to that of the Yazoo City Whig which, under his direction, did noble
service in the cause of his party (Whig Party).
It also mentions that "....
Mr. Stevens, although a very industrious man, and vigorous writer, never
amassed a fortune on account of his benevolence and kindness of heart,
He loved his party (Whig) and friends and never withheld his means from
the advancement of the one or the relief of the other. He was a warm-hearted,
generous man, social in his nature, and never counted the cost when, in
his power to accomodate those, who, aware of his liberality, were
frequently unworthy recipients of his favors."
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