"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hezekiah Niles

This 1827 portrait of Hezekiah Niles by John Wesley Jarvis hangs in Museum of the Maryland Historical Society.
"When Baltimore journalist Hezekiah Niles (1777-1839) launched his Weekly Register in 1811, he intended his publications to be America's unbiased source for national and international news and current affairs. Ambitious though his goals were, Niles' Weekly Register would become the nation's most widely circulated periodical, offering a balanced journalism uncommon in his era. According to a later biographer, 'After a dinner, a cup of good coffee, and glass of Madeira, Hezekiah Niles liked to seat himself in "Freedom's chair" once the property of a participant in the Boston Tea Party,... and hroughthe medium of his pen hold a  "fireside conversation" with readers." With the War of 1812 commencing shortly after Niles began publication of the Register, the anti-British journalist leaving behind one of the most significant contemporary accounts of the War." -- Maryland Historical Society

haec olim meminisse iuvabit
 "One day, we'll look back on this and smile"

"There is a holiness about the Constitution. The peace and prosperity of this Republic, the world's last best hope, must not be haphazarded, much less destroyed, that certain men may rule." — Hezekiah Niles,1828. 

See Frederick N. Rasmussen Hezekiah Niles, a patriotic newsmagazine editor in 19th century in the Baltimore Sun, Sept. 4 2011.

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