Founded and edited for 25 years by Hezekiah Niles, this weekly contained "political, historical, geographical, scientifical, statistical, economical, and biographical documents, essays and facts together with notices of the arts and manufactures and a record of the events of the times." Described by a contemporary as "precise in everything," Niles was non-partisan and reliable in reporting facts although he did have some editorial expression in the early volumes. Because of its presentation of factual material, the Register performed an invaluable service to newspaper editors, the public and historians by providing statistics about the first half of the 19th century. A great deal of print was devoted to reports of Congressional sessions, news of Indian tribes and settlements and wars and upheavals in Europe.
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