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  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia
  • 18621909

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The Point Pleasant Weekly Register premiered on March 6, 1862, in Point Pleasant, Mason County, Virginia (now West Virginia). George Ways Tippett, a printer from Maryland who had been working in Point Pleasant as a compositor since 1855, served as sole publisher and proprietor from 1862 until his death in 1902. The Register published four pages per week and played an important role in regional political discourse. The newspaper initially supported the preservation of the Union, though not the abolition of slavery. It favored the Republican Presidential ticket of Lincoln-Johnson in 1864 and advocated radical reconstruction following the Civil War.  Its editorials were often antagonistic, and on October 23, 1862, Lewis Wetzel, the newspaper’s editor, was murdered for a bold editorial criticizing the local military.  His killer, John Hall, a prominent Republican politician, was convicted of manslaughter and heavily fined.  Following brief tenures by two subsequent editors, Tippett took over that role by August 1867.

Archive Info

  • 8,435
  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia
  • 18621909

Source Information

The Weekly Register, 1862–1909 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 2, 2023

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Archive Info

  • 8,435
  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia
  • 18621909

Source Information

The Weekly Register, 1862–1909 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 2, 2023