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HYER, George, printer, born in Covington, Franklin County, New York, 16 July, 1819; died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 20 April, 1872. He was apprenticed in the printing office of the "St. Lawrence Gazette" in Ogdensburg, New York, removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1836. to engage in the survey of government lands, and contributed largely to "The Advertiser," the first newspaper that was issued in that town. In 1837, he was a mail agent, and carried the first mail that was ever sent west. of Milwaukee, consisting of a few letters and papers, enclosed in an old way-bill envelope, which he kept in his pocket. From 1818 till 1841 he published and printed two newspapers in Milwaukee and two in Madison, Wisconsin he was a member of the legislature in 1846, 1850, and 1863, and in the first-mentioned year was a representative in the State constitutional convention. In 1848 he published the "Waukesha Democrat," and in 1854 conducted "The Milwaukee Advertiser." He was register of the land office at Superior, Wisconsin, in 1855, and in 1859 edited the "Madison Patriot." He established the "Madison Democrat" in 1865, and from 1867 till the time of his death was connected with "The Oshkosh Times."
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