(Nov. 12, 1787-Aug. 9, 1851). Douglass moved to Vevay, Indiana, from Philadelphia in 1820. He had learned the printing trade as an apprentice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in the early 1800s. After a year in Vevay, Douglass moved to Madison where he published a paper with William Carpenter. He soon left Madison for Corydon where he was elected state printer. In 1824, he and state treasurer Samuel Merrill left Corydon for the new state offices in Indianapolis.

Upon his arrival in the capital, Douglass became associated with Douglass Maguire and the Western Censor & Emigrants Guide through his purchase of a substantial interest in that weekly publication. The next year Douglass changed the newspaper’s name to the Indiana Journal. He and Maguire worked together at the Journal until Maguire sold his interest to Samuel V. B. Noel in 1835. During the 1830s, the paper became increasingly pro-Whig, and in 1840 Noel and Douglass published a Whig campaign paper called the Spirit Of 76. Douglass sold his interest in the Journal to Noel in 1843 and lived in retirement until his death.

Revised April 2021

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