Brooks, Samuel S.
Born: 1801-1802 New York
Died: 1866-01-11 Quincy, Illinois
Born in Avon, New York, Samuel S. Brooks was a prominent early Illinois newspaper editor, printer, Democrat, and Methodist. He lived and worked as a newspaper editor and publisher in both Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Illinois in 1830. His work took him throughout the state: from 1829-30, he edited the Springfield
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