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In February 1824, John S. Gallaher, born December 1, 1797 in Martinsburg, VA (to become West Virginia by the time he died February 4, 1877) started publishing The Ladies’ Garland every Saturday evening from his offices at the Harpers-Ferry Free Press.  It was one of the first newspapers dedicated to the interests of women in the country.

President Tyler appointed him as the third auditor of the United States Treasury this day, October 22, in 1849.  He later served as Quartermaster General and died in Washington, DC.  He is buried in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, WV.

For more information on Mr. Gallaher, please go to these websites:

http://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/2078

http://www.wvgenweb.org/berkeley/galaherjonbi.html

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