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James McDermott

Once a printer with the REPORTER newspaper, Washington PA


James McDermott who came to this place at an early day and became identified as a printer with the REPORTER, and has also served the town many years as postmaster, is now eighty seven years of age and still a resident of the town. He was born about one and one half miles from Gettysburgh [sic], April 24, 1795, and resided at home until he was about fourteen years of age, when he was apprenticed to Robert Harper, then editing the ADAMS SENTINEL in Gettysburg. In 1814 he was drafted into the United States army and placed under the command of Captain John McMillan. On the first of November the company marched to Erie, Penna. Later he was a participant in the battles of Chippewa and Lundy's Lane, and other battles and skirmishes in Canada. After his return home he visited Gettysburg, Washington, DC, and Martinsburg, Virginia, and worked a short time in each place. In the latter part of 1817 or the early part of 1818, he came to Washington, Penna, and entered the office of John Grayson on the EXAMINER where he remained six or seven months. In the latter part of 1818 he entered the office of the REPORTER and remained with that paper through all its various changes for thirty two years up to 1850. In March of that year he was appointed postmaster and served four years, and as deputy during the term of David Acheson, his successor. Upon the election of Mr. Lincoln as president in 1860, he was again appointed and served four years, after which he served in an official capacity for a short time in Harrisburg. 


Source:  History of Washington County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches
of many of its pioneers and prominent men. Edited by Boyd Crumrine. Illustrated. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts and Co., 1882. p. 489 [for Grayson and McDermott]:


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