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Southern standard. [volume] : (Columbus, Miss.) 1851-1856
Place of publication:
Columbus, Miss.
Geographic coverage:
  • Columbus, Lowndes, Mississippi  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
W.D. Chapman
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1856.
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1, 1851)-
  • English
  • Columbus (Miss.)--Newspapers.
  • Mississippi--Columbus.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01210803
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 83016866
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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