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
Founder and Editor of the New York
Enquirer (est. 1826). Merged his paper with another Jacksonian,
Watson Webb, to form the
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
NORTON, Ebenezer Foote,
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,
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.
Noyes, John Humphrey (1811
Founder of the Oneida
Commune, one of the strangest, but also longest lasting of the 1840s
communes, in or near the town of Oneida.