William Leggett


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(1802?–39), was assistant editor and part owner of the New York Evening Post (1829–36) under Bryant, in which capacity he advocated Jacksonian principles and was an oracle of radical Democrats and Abolitionists. In 1836 he established The Plaindealer, in which he continued his trenchant editorial policy. Leisure Hours at Sea (1825) and Journals of the Ocean (1826) were volumes of poetry which grew out of his early life as a midshipman, and Naval Stories (1834) was a prose collection. His short stories concerned with the West were published as Tales and Sketches. By a Country Schoolmaster (1829), and his Political Writings were collected in two volumes (1840).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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