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DAWSON, George, journalist, born in Falkirk, Scotland, 14 March 1813" died in Albany, New York, 17 February 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 in the benevolent works of the Baptist denomination, to which he belonged, 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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