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MILES, Hezekiah, editor, born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, 10 October, 1777 ; died in Wilmington, Delaware, 2 April, 1839. He learned printing, and about 1800 became a member of an unsuccessful publishing firm in Wilmington. He then removed to Baltimore, Maryland, where for six years he edited a daily paper. He is chiefly known as the founder, printer, and publisher of " Niles's Register," a weekly journal published in Baltimore, which he edited from 1811 until 1836, and which is considered so valuable as a source of information concerning American history that the first 32 volumes, extending from 1812 till 1827, were reprinted. The " Register" was continued by his son, William Ogden Niles, and others, until 27 June, 1849, making altogether 76 volumes. He advocated the protection of national industry, and was with Mathew Cary a champion of the "American system." In addition to a series of humorous essays entitled "Quill Driving," published in a periodical, he compiled a work entitled " Principles and Acts of the Revolution " (Baltimore, 1822). The towns of Niles, Michigan, and Niles, Ohio, were named in his honor.
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