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JULIAN, ISAAC HOOVER (1823–1910). Isaac Hoover Julian, newspaper editor, son of Isaac and Rebecca (Hoover) Julian, was born on June 19, 1823, near Centerville, Indiana. He was largely self-educated. He was admitted to the bar in 1851 and moved in 1854 to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he edited the Standard. After preparing and publishing a pamphlet, Early History of the Whitewater Valley, in 1857, he bought the True Republican at Centerville and moved it to Richmond, Indiana, where he renamed it the Radical by 1865. His papers advocated abolition and prohibition.qqv Julian was postmaster at Centerville from 1861 to 1865 and at Richmond from May 1869 to July 1871. In the summer of 1873 he moved to San Marcos, Texas, where he published the Free Press until August 1890. From 1892 to 1900 he published the People's Era, a paper that reflected his break with the Democratic party and embrace of the Populist cause. He also prepared an outline history of the Julian and Hoover families. Julian married Virginia M. Spillard in 1859, and they had five children. Virginia died in 1873, and in 1893 Julian married Mrs. Belle McCoy Harvey. He died in San Marcos on April 3, 1910.


Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1894; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.

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Carolyn Hyman, "JULIAN, ISAAC HOOVER," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.