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WILSON, THOMAS LOW, the son of Thomas Wilson and Lydia Oakford, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 26, 1800. He learned the art of printing with his father, who was a prominent craftsman in his day. In 1811 his parents removed to Baltimore, where in the defense of that city both father and son enlisted as privates in Capt. James McConkey’s company. Twenty-seventh Maryland regiment. In 1816 the family returned to Philadelphia, where both Wilsons worked on Mr. Duane’s Aurora. Subsequently the son went to Washington City to work on the National Intelligencer. In 1828 he published the Intelligencer, Petersburg, Va., where in connection he printed the Lynchburg Democrat in 1837. In 1838, on the recommendation of the veteran editor, Richie, he came to Harrisburg as editor of the Reporter, to combat the errors of the Anti-Masonic party. Upon the return of the Democracy to power Mr. Wilson was chosen secretary to the board of canal Commissioners, a position he occupied almost uninterruptedly until the abolishment of the canal department in 1859. He served during this period one year as collector of tolls at Middletown and one year as deputy secretary of the Commonwealth at the close of Governor Porter’s administration. He died at Harrisburg, February 28, 1861. Mr. Wilson married, May 6, 1824, Juliana Margaretta Bender, of Washington City. A gentleman prominent in public affairs thus summarizes the character of Mr. Wilson: "He was an honest man, one of that stern, inflexible, and unbending old school integrity, which made him die a poor man rather than become a party to unholy plunder from the coffers of the Commonwealth."



Dorothy Bumbaugh

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