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George M. Reynolds
New Hampton
The oldest journalist in Chickasaw county, Iowa, in age and in occupancy of the editorial chair, is George M. Reynolds, proprietor of the New Hampton "Courier." He left home just as he had entered on his teens; received most of his education at the printer's case, and is to-day one of the best informed men in the county. Mr. Reynolds is the son of a cloth manufacturer, Joseph Reynolds, and was born in Rahway, New Jersey, on the 13th of November, 1814. His grandfather, John Reynolds, was a revolutionary soldier, and a pensioner until his death.
The maiden name of George's mother was Effie Marsh, and her grandfather, Christopher Marsh, was a captain of scouts for General Washington. He was caught by the tories and marched, in his drawers and stocking feet, to Trenton, New Jersey, whence he was subsequently released by General Washington during the battle at that place. .
George attended a district school, and worked at home until fourteen years old, and from that age to that of twenty-one, was in a printing office at Montrose, Pennsylvania. He then spent three years in -New York city, mostly in the office of the "Courier -and Enquirer," published by James Watson Webb; was two years in the office of the Mobile, Alabama, "Advertiser," and the same period in the office of the Montgomery "Journal," edited by Hon. Henry -W. Hilliard, then a state senator from Alabama, and afterward member of congress. He then went to Louisiana and published papers six years, and returned to the north in 1848. He established the "National Reformer," at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and the next year removed the establishment to -Carbondale and started the Lackawanna "Journal," which he conducted for nine years, and sold in May, 1858. He came to Dubuque, Iowa, the next month, and worked on the Dubuque "Daily Times," Jesse Clement, editor. In 1859 he removed into the interior of Iowa, and became one of the publishers of the "Cedar Valley News," of Bradford, Chickasaw county, and in June, 1862, purchased a half interest in the New Hampton "Courier," and settled in this place. .
In 1868 Mr. Reynolds became sole proprietor of the "Courier," and still owns and conducts it. It is a quarto six-column sheet, very neatly printed, and edited with much care and ability. Mr. Reynolds is one of the best printers in the Cedar Valley country, and takes great pleasure and, it is not unlikely, some pride, in publishing a model county paper. He has built himself a pleasant home at the county seat, and has probably ended his peregrinations as a newspaper publisher. At the head of the official paper of the county, in comfortable circumstances, and surrounded by many friends who appreciate his journalistic services, he seems to be contented and happy. .
Mr. Reynolds is a well-read politician, is a republican, with whig antecedents, and has a good deal of influence in the politics of the county. The same is true of his influence many years ago in Alabama, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the blue lodge in the Masonic fraternity. .
Miss Harriet Clark, of Bradford county, Pennsylvania, became his wife in September, 1847, and they have one child, Dimock D., a printer in his father's office. .
Mr. Reynolds is a man of great industry, good social qualities, and an interesting converser, especially on the political history of the country for the last forty years.

Source: Iowa Biographical Dictionary, 1878, Page 229.
Transcribed By Mike Peterson