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A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City by Amos Jay Cummings

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By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil struggle veteran and journalist for the hot York sunlight newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For your time, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partly to determine what the entire fuss was once approximately. in the course of his six-month excursion from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched remarkable and fascinating bills of the yankee West again to his readers in long island. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's snap shots of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep wealthy person who took Denver via hurricane, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who was once submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although this day he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once some of the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partially due to tales like those. whole with a biographical cartoon and historic creation, A amazing interest is an relaxing learn for anyone attracted to the yankee West within the latter half the 19th century.

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The latter was written thirteen years after 1876, the date of the town of Deadwood as portrayed in the HBO television series of the same name. During the late 1870s and 1880s, Cummings also was known for covering several notable murder trials. In 1877 he wrote a lengthy article on the Loomis family gang, a multigeneration band of outlaws who terrorized a wide swath of central New York State in the mid-1800s. Cummings also attended the national political party conventions in 1880, 1884, and 1888, covering them for the Sun.

The “Fortunes in the South” and “Tin Letters” series of articles both were written in 1889. The trips he took to gather the information for the stories were done after the adjournment of the Fiftieth Congress. As noted above, in 1893 he was back in 42 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America Florida, enjoying his status as a visiting congressman. I found a short clipping from the Charlotte Observer in one scrapbook indicating that he was in Charlotte, South Carolina, in May 1899 on still another southern visit.

Gilroy had appointed Congressman Cummings as New York Subway Commissioner with an annual stipend of $5,000. But what a Tammany mayor gave, an anti-Tammany mayor took away. In a June 28, 1895, Washington Post article, it was announced that new mayor William L. Strong had removed Amos from office. Still other income came from renting out floors and rooms in the townhouses the Cummingses owned on Charlton Street. That is borne out by the 1890 federal census. Although the particular census pages that document the residents of Charlton Street are extremely messy, hard to read, and often mixed in 38 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America with data from Van Dam and MacDougal streets, it is clear that Amos and Frances lived in an ethnically diverse neighborhood that included immigrants from Italy, Ireland, England, and Germany.

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