George Dawson

George Dawson

Falkirk, Scotland
Death 17 Feb 1883 (aged 69)
Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
Plot Section 33, plot 1
Memorial ID 94004005 · View Source
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"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Dawson, George, journalist, b. in Falkirk, Scotland, 14 March 1813; d. in Albany, N.Y., 17 Feb., 1883. Though without the advantages of early schooling, he obtained an education through his own exertions. At five years of age he was brought to this country by his parents, and at eleven was placed in a printing-office in Niagara county, N.Y. In 1826 he removed to Rochester and found employment in the office of the "Anti-Masonic Inquirer," edited by Thurlow Weed. In 1830 he accompanied Mr. Weed to Albany, and became foreman in the office of the "Evening Journal." From 1836 till 1839 he was editor of the Rochester daily "Democrat," and from 1839 till 1842 of the Detroit daily "Advertiser," when he returned to Rochester and resumed the editorial charge of the "Democrat," In 1846, he became associate editor of the Albany "Evening Journal," and, on Mr. Weed's retirement in 1862, assumed control of the paper as senior editor and proprietor., remaining in that relation until 1877. He was postmaster of Albany from 1861 till 1867. In 1850 he traveled in Europe. Though ardently devoted to the republican party, Mr. Dawson was far above the narrow partisan. He was an able and zealous advocate of all patriotic and philanthropic enterprises, and especially of free schools. He was a devout Christian, especially active it he benevolent works of the Baptist denomination, to which he belongs. He gave much time and attention to the subject of Sunday-school missions, in connection with which he was teacher, superintendent, and lay preacher. He was the author of "The Pleasures of Angling" (New York, 1876)."

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