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North Carolina Whig, Charlotte Newspaper from 1850s and 1860s, Now Available Online

The North Carolina Whig, a newspaper published in Charlotte in the 1850s and 1860s, is now available on DigitalNC as part of the North Carolina Newspapers collection.

The Whig began publication on January 26, 1852, declaring in its first issue support for the Presidential ticket of incumbent Millard Fillmore for President and North Carolinian William A. Graham as Vice President.  The editors confess their inexperience and ask for patience from readers and critics: “And, as this is our first adventure in an enterprise of this nature as helmsman, we ask that the storms of criticism and party spirit may lie still, until we have cleared the rocks and reefs of the port from whence we sail.  Our freight is Truth, Justice, Honesty, Patriotism, Good Faith, the Rights of the Constitution, and of the People, as developed in the administration of Millard Fillmore.”
Fillmore’s efforts to remain in office fell short when he failed to receive his own party’s nomination, but the North Carolina Whig lived on, publishing at least until 1862.
The North Carolina Whig was nominated for digitization by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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