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Journalist and public official, born in Dunstable, Massachusetts, USA. A Dartmouth graduate, he became editor of The Argus of Western America (1816–28) in Frankfort, KY, championing Andrew Jackson, whom he followed to Washington. As treasury auditor (1828–34) and postmaster-general (1834–40), he rooted out corruption, and as an intimate friend and adviser he wrote many of Jackson's speeches. He returned to journalism and farming and then became rich as inventor Samuel F B Morse's business agent (1845–59). He devoted his final decade to church and philanthropic projects including the school for deaf-mutes in Washington, DC (now Gallaudet College).

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