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THE CONGRESSIONAL JOURNALS OF THE UNITED STATES
PART I OF THE
The Journal of
The Journal of
of the Senate
JAMES MADISON ADMINISTRATION 1809-1817
MICHAEL GLAZIER, INC.
1210 A King Street
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 77-76813
International Standard Book Numbers
Printed in the United States of America.
•The original pagination of the Legislative Journal
WILLIAM A. DAVIS
of this volume
William A. Davis was born in New York. He was trained as a printer; and with his brother Matthew founded the printing company of M.L. & W.A. Davis in 1795. The business lasted until 1814. But at various times over those years William printed and published independently, under the imprint of William A. Davis & Co. He had a brief and rather unsuccessful experience in the New York newspaper business, printing the Chronicle Express from November 25, 1802 to January 20, 1803 and the Morning Chronicle from October 1, 1802 to January 19, 1803.
In 1815 William A. Davis moved to Washington and opened a printery. Two years later, on May 24, 1817, he joined John Brannan to form the bookselling, publishing and printing firm of Davis & Brannan. The partnership lasted until April 1818, when he and Peter Force (b. 1790) started the printing-publishing concern of Davis & Force. Peter Force was a man of exceptional publishing ability, who is deservedly revered and remembered as the editor and publisher of Tracts and Other Papers, etc. (1836-46) and the monumental, though unfinished, American Arcı:ives (1837-53).
Davis & Force prospered and became one of the most successful establishments in the increasingly competitive graphics business in Washington. Unlike his partner, little is known of the personal life of William A. Davis apart from the record that he married Elizabeth Santford on August 18, 1798; and he died in Washington in 1826.
Executive Proceedings of the Senate (the appropriate part of which is included
as a supplement in this volume)
Duff Green was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1791. He prospered as a land speculator, merchant, and lawyer in Missouri. In 1825 he moved to Washington and purchased and edited the United States Telegraph.
In 1828 he was designated to print the Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate “from the Commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress.”
Duff Green wielded great influence in Democratic circles, and became a member of Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet.” He supported J. C. Calhoun in his split with Jackson; in 1832 he backed Henry Clay and thereafter stood with the Whigs. He supported the Confederacy in the Civil War, and in the post-bellum years he strove strenuously to raise capital for the revival of the South's economy. He died in Georgia in 1875.