(1773-12-25)December 25, 1773
Newport, Rhode Island
November 18, 1839(1839-11-18) (aged 65)
Albany, New York
Albany Rural Cemetery
Newspaper publisher and editor
Organizer and proponent of the Anti-Masonic Party
Jane Barber (m. 1795) (d. January 31, 1861)
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Solomon Southwick (December 25, 1773 – November 18, 1839) was a New York newspaper publisher and political figure who was a principal organizer of the Anti-Masonic Party.
1 Early life
2 Start of career
3 Later career
4 Anti-Masonic views
5 Additional published works
6 Death and burial
9 External links
Solomon Southwick was born in Newport, Rhode Island on December 25, 1773. He was the son of Solomon Southwick (1731-1797) and Ann Gardner Carpenter Southwick (1748-1783).
The elder Solomon Southwick was the publisher of the Newport Mercury newspaper and an ardent supporter of the Patriot cause during the American Revolution. He was also a member of the first graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania, but did not complete his degree. He later received an honorary bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an honorary master’s degree from Yale University.
Start of career
The younger Solomon Southwick was educated in Newport and initially apprenticed as a baker. He briefly pursued training as a commercial sailor, and moved to New York City in 1791 to become apprenticed as a printer. In 1792 he relocated to Albany, New York to work for the Albany Register, a newspaper aligned with the Democratic-Republican Party, which was owned by Robert and John Barber. His older brother Henry Southwick had also settled in Albany to begin a career as a printer, which likely influenced Solomon Southwick’s decision to move from New York City. Henry Southwick later worked with Solomon Southwick on the Albany Register.
Robert Barber left the Albany Register later in 1792, and Solomon Southwick became a partner in the newspaper and its associated printing business. In 1795 he married Jane Barber, the sister of Robert and John Barber.
In addition to editing the Albany Register, Southwick became active in civic life and took part in politics as a Democratic-Republican. He served on Albany’s volun