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Gales, Joseph
DC Mayor, printer, journlist

Joseph Gales - journalist, publisher, printer, Mayor of Washington D.C. (1786-1860). ALS July 31, 1845 to Robert or Richard (?) Smith in Washington regarding a legal claim of money Gales owed. The letter is in excellent condition with overall toning but strong dark writing. Gales was both publisher and reporter for the National Intelligencer, eventually taking over ownership. His partnership with William Seaton produced The Annals of Congress the record of Congressional debates and proceedings from the first Congress in 1789-1824. Gales had been one of the few unofficial reporters of the Senate before Congress formalized the recording of its debates and proceedings. [#5650]