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James A. Cowardin
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1811
Bath County
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1882
Richmond City
Virginia, USA

Founder of the Richmond Dispatch in 1850. The paper was popular and responsible but less influential than the rabble-rousing editors of the Enquirer. At age thirteen he became a printer's apprentice at the Roanoke Sentinel, published in Danville. Cowardin moved to Lynchburg about 1827 to become foreman of the Jeffersonian Republican. The paper moved to Richmond in the early 1830s and he came with it. In October 1850 Cowardin helped establish the Richmond Daily Dispatch and installed Hugh Rose Pleasants as editor. The appearance of the Dispatch heralded the beginning of a new age of newspaper publishing in Virginia. During the Civil War, the Richmond Daily Dispatch ardently defended the Confederate cause. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anna Maria Purcell Cowardin (1819 - 1878)
 
 Children:
  James Purcell Cowardin (1846 - 1877)*
  Charles O'Brien Cowardin (1851 - 1900)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jun 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6551441
James A. Cowardin
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