Born: 1798 Vermont
Died: 1849-06-29 Shawneetown, Illinois
Flourished: Shawneetown, Illinois
As a youth, Eddy attended school in Buffalo, New York, and at sixteen he served in the New York militia during the War of 1812. He later moved to Pittsburgh, where he learned the printing trade and studied law. In 1818, after the Illinois territorial delegate to Congress promised him a government printing contract, Eddy and a partner purchased a printing press and moved to Shawneetown. There, Eddy published Illinois's second newspaper,
John M. Palmer, ed., Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:853-54; Carl R. Miller, "Journalism in Illinois Before the Thirties," Illinois State Historical Society Journal 11 (1918-1919), 149-50; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 32, 193, 431; History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887), 101.