Samuel Medary

Samuel Medary

From an early age, Samuel Medary, native of Pennsylvania, was a influential Democrat, his foremost weapon being his formidable pen. He was born in 1801; 16 years later he was already contributing prose and poetry to the Norristown Herald. After a series of moves and some time spent as a rural schoolteacher, Medary established his own paper in Batavia, Ohio, in 1828—the Ohio Sun, dedicated … Continue reading Samuel Medary

Frederick P. Stanton

Frederick P. Stanton

Frederick P. Stanton was born in Virginia on December 22, 1814. He received a classical education and went on to become a schoolteacher for a time, before taking up the study and practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee. Politics eventually attracted Stanton, however, and he served as a Democratic representative from Tennessee from 1845 to 1855. During Stanton’s time in Congress, he served as chairman … Continue reading Frederick P. Stanton

El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery

El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery

Archaeologists have determined that the ultimate cause of El Cuartelejo’s demise was fire, as testified by the remains of charred posts and corn seeds. The Comanches who later took up residence near the pueblo had a legend that the ruins were struck by lightning. In any case, for the next hundred years, the walls slowly crumbled and vanished, leaving the pueblo to be buried in … Continue reading El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery