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Western Emigrant History

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Colonel [Charles] Keemle’s newspaper connections began on the Emigrant. That was the paper which under the name of the Western Journal was started in 1815 on a fund of $1,000 raised by citizens who wanted to fight Colonel Charless’ Gazette. Keemle was a Philadelphian. He was only seventeen years old when he came to St. Louis but he had worked in printing offices and on newspapers from the time he was nine. Soon after Keemle started with the Emigrant there was a sale and another change of name. Isaac N. Henry and Evarist Maury renamed it the St. Louis Enquirer...

Sergeant Hall came over from Cincinnati to be the manager. The Western Emigrant struggled along until the summer of 1819 when it changed hands. The new proprietor was Isaac Henry of Nashville. Thomas H. Benton had come to St. Louis three years before. His political career had not opened. Mr. Henry engaged Mr. Benton to edit the paper, which he called the St. Louis Enquirer.
(From St. Louis, the Fourth City by Walter Barlow Stevens, 1909).

In 1818 the Emigrant was purchased by Isaac N. Henry, Evarist Maury, and Col. Thomas H. Benton, the firm being Isaac N. Henry & Co., and the name was changed to the St. Louis Enquirer.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).

Var: The Emigrant; Emigrant and General Advertiser; also Western Emigrant.