George D. Haswell, obituary from "The Democrat" 1878

This newspaper cutting comes from Margaret (Bradley) Sims scrapbook. Her mother,  Margaret Ann Bradley (nee Haswell) was the sister of George David Haswell.  Margaret Sims visited America, and met several cousins.  She kept a scrapbook of recipes, notes, and newspaper cuttings, and letters about other Haswell families in America.


To the editor of the Democrat

The death of Col. George D. Haswell of Bryan Texas, which occurred in this city on the morning of October 6th deserves more than just a passing notice.

Col. Haswell was born March 1, 1807, in London England. Came to America at the age of 20, and located in Philadelphia, Penn.  He was the manager of the National Intelligencer in Washington during the administration of Jackson, and assisted Gen. Duff Green in the able managemaent of that journal.  A printer by trade, an educated and accomplished gentleman, he was for years connected with the press in Washington, Wheeling Va., and New Orleans, where he founded the New Orleans Medical Journal.  Always a Democrat, he was prominent in that party while it was in the ascendancy in the management of the government.

He was lieut.-colonel of the First Pennsylvania Volunteers and gave valuable aid in the suppression of the Philadelphia riots in 1844. Has been a prominent member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow organization for years.

Col. Haswell came to Texas in 1856, and located in Fayette county.  The news of his death will be received with regret by many old Texans who honored and loved him for his many good qualities. Kind and generous, with the noblest of impulses, he was esteemed by all who knew him, and many of his old friends will learn of his death with feelings of pain and regret.

Texas has lost an honored citizen, and his family a kind and indulgent father.  He leaves a wife, one daughter, and a son, Hon. Geo. T. Haswell, a resident of our city, who has the sympathies of our citizens in this, his hour of bereavement.


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