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When Davy Crockett was an unknown...



Item # 589392

December 31, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1831  This issue includes on an inside page an inconspicuous--yet noteworthy--mention of Davy Crockett, less than five years before he would die at the Alamo. As a member of Congress, this report notes: "...The speaker laid before the house certain depositions in relation to the election of William Fitzgerald...from the district in the state of Tennessee lately represented by David Crockett, who contests the seat of the sitting member, which were referred to the committee of elections."  (see) Interesting to find an historic figure's name in a newspaper from well before they would become famous.
Other items in this issue include: "Slaves" (see); "Masonic" "New York Canals" "Rights of the Indians" which includes a "Proclamation" from 1792 signed in type: Geo. Washington (see); much reporting from Congress, and even more.
Complete in 16 pages, 7 by 10 1/4 inches, in nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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