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Thurlow Weed

Thurlow WeedAKA Edward Thurlow Weed

Born: 15-Nov-1797
Birthplace: Cairo, NY
Died: 22-Nov-1882
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist, Politician
Party Affiliation: Whig

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Newspaperman and Anti-Mason

Military service: US Army

The American journalist and politician Thurlow Weed was born in Cairo, Greene County, New York, on the 15th of November 1797. He began to earn his own living at the age of eight. From 1811 to 1818 he worked as an apprentice and journeyman printer in Onondaga Hollow, Utica, Auburn, Cooperstown, Albany and New York City. His first independent enterprises, the Republican Agriculturist, established at Norwich, New York in 1818, and the Onondaga County Republican, established at Manlius, New York in 1821, proving unsuccessful, he became editor of the Rochester Telegraph in 1822. Entering politics as an opponent of the Democratic machine, which he termed the Albany Regency, Weed was in 1824 elected to the Assembly on the John Quincy Adams ticket, serving for a single session (1825). Two years later, during the excitement over the disappearance of William Morgan (an infamous Anti-Freemason), he retired from the Telegraph and threw himself with enthusiasm into the attack on the Masonic order, editing for a time the Anti-Masonic Enquirer. In 1830 he established and became editor of the Albany Evening Journal, which he controlled for thirty-five years. Supporting the Whigs and later the Republicans, it was one of the most influential anti-slavery papers in the northeast; and Thurlow Weed himself became a considerable force in politics. In 1863 he retired from the Journal and settled in New York City. In 1867 he assumed editorial control of the Commercial Advertiser, but was soon compelled to resign on account of ill-health. He died in New York City on the 22nd of November 1882.

Father: Joel Weed (farmer)
Mother: Mary Ells Weed
Wife: Catherine Ostrander (m. 26-Apr-1818, d. 26-Apr-1858)
Daughter: Harriet Ann Weed (b. 1819, d. 1893)
Daughter: Emily Peck (b. 10-Oct-1827, d. 10-Feb-1889)
Daughter: Maria Weed (b. 5-Jul-1823)
Son: James Birdsall Weed (d. 18-Jun-1851)
Daughter: Mary Isabella Weed (d. 1854)

    Assault and Battery (1815), not guilty

Is the subject of books:
The Life of Thurlow Weed, 1884, BY: Harriet A. Weed (ed.)

Author of books:
The Facts Stated: Hon. Thurlow Weed on the Morgan Abduction (1882, history)

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