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REAVIS, Logan Uriah (rev-is), journalist, born in Sangamon Bottom, Mason County, Illinois, 26 March, 1831. His parents were poor, and, after attending the village high-school, he taught from 1851 till 1855. In the latter year he entered the office of the Beardstown, Illinois, " Gazette," in which soon afterward he purchased an interest, and continued its publication under the name of "The Central Illinoian" till the autumn of 1857, when he sold his share and removed to Nebraska. Returning to Beardstown he repurchased " The Illinoian" after the nomination of Abraham Lincoln for the presidency. In the spring" of 1866 he disposed of that journal for the last time, and settling in St. Louis earnestly advocated the removal of the National capital to that city. His first effort in this direction was the publication of a pamphlet entitled "The New Republic, or the Transition Complete, with an Approaching Change of National Empire, based upon the Commercial and Industrial Expansion of the Great. West" (St. Louis, 1867). This was followed by "A Change of National Empire, or Arguments for the Removal of the National Capital from Washington to the Mississippi Valley," with maps (1869). Besides issuing the foregoing, Mr. Reavis lectured extensively throughout the country on the same subject. In 1879 he visited England, and on his return to St. Louis he began a movement to promote emigration to Missouri, twice returning to London to further that object. Besides tile works noticed above, he has published "St. Louis the Future Great City of the World " (1867); "A Representative Life of Horace Greeley, with an Introduction by Cassius M. Clay" (New York, 1872) ; " Thoughts for the Young Men and Women of America" (1873); " Life of Gem William S. Harney" (St. Louis, 1875) ; and " Railway and River System " (1879).
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