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WHITING, SAMUEL (?–1862?). Samuel Whiting, newspaper publisher, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, came to Texas in 1825. He settled at Liberty and represented that district at the Convention of 1833. He was secretary of the Consultation at San Felipe in 1835 and on November 29, 1835, was granted six blank commissions or letters of marque to outfit privateers at New Orleans. During the summer and fall of 1836 he furnished supplies for the Texas army and a garrison holding prisoners at Liberty. He published the Houston National Intelligencer in 1838 and 1839, at the same time that he was printing the laws and journals of the Third Congress. On January 18, 1838, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Menson (Monson), who died two years later. In 1839 he was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Houston. He set up a printing press at Austin on which he printed the first issue of the Austin City Gazette on October 30, 1839. He published the Austin Daily Bulletin from November 1841 through January 1842 to give a daily synopsis of the proceedings of Congress. Whiting supported Sam Houston until the time of the Archive War, when he turned to the opposition. The Gazette suspended publication in August 1842, but Whiting remained in Austin until about December. He left Texas for a trip East in 1843 and was back in Texas in 1849 en route to California. He is reported by various sources to have died in California in the middle 1850s and to have died in the state of New York in 1862.


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