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

By Amos Jay Cummings

In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a adorned Civil battle veteran and journalist for the hot York solar 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 partially to determine what all of the fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month excursion from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched awesome and fascinating bills of the yankee West again to his readers in big apple. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photos of a land and its collection of characters not like something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep multi-millionaire who took Denver by means of typhoon, 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 essentially the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partially as a result of tales like those. entire with a biographical cartoon and old creation, A impressive interest is an relaxing learn for anyone drawn to the yankee West within the latter half the 19th century.

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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. Beginning in December 1897 and continuing until the time of his death in 1902, Cummings wrote political commentary for the Sunday Washington Post.

A color guard from Cummings’s old Civil War New Jersey regiment was in attendance, along with more union officials. 46 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America Over the next several days more memorials were held. The Columbia Typographical Union No. 101 held theirs on the afternoon of May 11, 1902, at Chase’s Theater, an opera house in Washington, DC. ” Samuel Gompers, president of the Fed­er­ation of Labor, was the speaker. The New York Times estimated the audience at 2,000 people. A second memorial service under union auspices was held June 22, 1902, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

An addition to the Home was funded and constructed. Dedicated in February 1910, the addition, a wing off the northeast corner of the building, included a library dedicated to Amos J. Cummings (the February 17, 1910, issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette carried a full history of the Union Printers Home and the efforts to raise funds for the new library dedicated to Cummings). At the time, the library’s holdings included 10,000 volumes and numerous newspapers. As late as 1966, the library still existed, although even by the 1930s, few if anyone remembered Amos Cummings.

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