The Southern Democrat. (Oglethorpe, Ga.) 1851-1853
Place of Publication:
- Oglethorpe, Macon county
Dates of publication:
- Began in 1851; ceased in 1853?
- Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 6 (June 5, 1852).
- Editor: P.L.J. May, <1852>.
The Southern Democrat. October 16, 1851
J. M. Gaulding and Reverend P. L. J. May published the first issue of the Southern Democrat in Oglethorpe, Georgia, in the summer of 1851. That year, the weekly newspaper featured editorials and advertisements in support of the Southern Rights candidate, Charles McDonald. In January 1853, P. L. J. May, then sole editor and publisher of the Democrat, purchased the South-west Georgian and folded that title into his own publication. The following month, May’s family became afflicted by smallpox, which proved to be the early stages of an epidemic that affected the town of Oglethorpe that year. P. L. J. May succumbed to smallpox in 1853 and the Southern Democrat ceased publication not long after May’s death.