Brief Biographies from the Jackson/Van Buren Era (N):


Niles, Hezekiah 1777 - 1839:

Editor of the very important Niles Weekly Register, and generally, an energetic proponent of the "American System", often identified with Henry Clay.


Noah, Mordecai Manuel 1785 - 1851:

Founder and Editor of the New York Enquirer (est. 1826). Merged his paper with another Jacksonian, James Watson Webb, to form the Courier and Enquirer.  Noah was accused, by Freedom's Journal, of energetic anti-black propaganda in the late 1820s, and the Courier and Enquirer is blamed for doing much, especially in 1834, to foment anti-abolitionist riots. Webb and Noah split up as Webb turned against Jackson over the bank war.

Noah was somewhat of a playwright, and also promoted a scheme to make a sort of new Jewish homeland (he was Jewish) on Grand Island in the Niagara River.


NORTON, Ebenezer Foote, 1774-1851

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From 1815 on, a lawyer and businessman in Buffalo, N.Y, and from March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1831, a Jacksonian Congressman (unsuccessful for re-election). Born in Goshen, Litchfield County, Conn. He was admitted to the bar and practiced several years before moving to Buffalo, where he continued to practice law, serving as attorney for the Niagara Bank and holding several local offices. In 1819, he was one of the founders of the original Buffalo Harbor Co. Died in Buffalo, N.Y.

Source: Biog. Dir. Congress


Noyes, John Humphrey (1811 - 1886):