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COLEMAN, William, journalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 14 February, 1766 ; died in New York City, 13 July, 1829. He studied law, began practice in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and during Shays's rebellion served against the insurgents. He removed to New York City about 1794, and was for a short time a law partner of Aaron Burr. He was afterward reporter of the New York Supreme Court, but lost the place after the defeat of the federalists in 1800. In 1801 Coleman was selected by Alexander Hamilton and other prominent members of his party to conduct a new federalist daily in New York. The paper, under the name of the "Evening Post," appeared on 16 November, 1801, and Coleman was its sole editor for twenty years, retaining his connection with it till his death. Coleman never wavered in his attachment to the principles of the Federal party, and was its warm defender, even after it had become extinct. He was able, honest, and fearless, and was brought into intimate relations with some of the most prominent men of his time.
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