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About Columbus Democrat. (Columbus, Miss.) 18??-18??
Columbus, Miss. (18??-18??)
- Columbus Democrat. : (Columbus, Miss.) 18??-18??
- Place of publication:
- Columbus, Miss.
- Geographic coverage:
- W.E. Smith
- Dates of publication:
- Columbus (Miss.)--Newspapers.
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
- Description based on: Vol. 3, no. 4 (Aug. 6, 1836).
- Editors: H.H. Worthington, <1836-1852>; H.H. Worthington & F.G. Baldwin, <1854>; S. Newton Berryhill & W.H. Worthington, <1877>.
- Issues for July 21, 1849-<Feb. 9, 1850> called also old ser., v. 16, new ser., v. 1, no. 4-<old ser., v. 16, new ser., v. 1, no. 32>.
- Proprietors: Worthington & Baldwin, <1854>.
- Publishers: W.E. Smith, <1836>; W.H. Worthington, <1852-1877>.
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Columbus Democrat and Southern Standard
From 1834 to 1852, Columbus, the seat of Lowndes County in east-central Mississippi, supported rival Democratic and Whig newspapers. The four-page weekly Columbus Democrat (1834-78) staunchly espoused Jacksonian Democracy. In 1856, the Democrat absorbed a competing four-page Democratic weekly, the Southern Standard (1851-56). According to George P. Rowell and Company's American Newspaper Directory, the Democrat was last published in 1878.
The Columbus Democrat established a long-lived democratic press in Lowndes County, a traditionally democratic region of Mississippi.
By August 1836, Henry Worthington was working at the Columbus Democrat; he continued as editor and/or publisher, sometimes with partners, until his death around 1859. For more than 40 years, the Worthington family dominated the Democratic press in Columbus. Henry's son William, a prominent newspaperman in his own right, began as a printer in 1850; two years later he was publisher of the Democrat. For a brief time, William and his brother Winfield ("Wynn") edited another Columbus newspaper, the Mississippi Index (1865-69?); Winfield and another brother, Samuel, were the proprietors. In 1875, William Worthington left the Columbus Democrat to become editor of the state Grange paper, the Patron of Husbandry (1875-83).
Banking issues were frequently discussed during the 1830s and 40s; the Democrat's editorials advocated small government and denounced the ideals espoused by rival Whig newspapers, such as a national bank, a national bankruptcy act, and the repayment of state-owned bonds.
Provided by: Mississippi Department of Archives and History