Paxson, Edward M. (1824-1905)
Collection of Incoming Correspondence to Edward M. Paxson, Pennsylvania newspaperman, Lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, 1841-1899

68 letters, 117 manuscript pages, in very good clean and legible condition.

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Collection of incoming letters to Pennsylvania newspaperman and printer, turned lawyer, judge and large land-owner.

      Edward M. Paxson, early in his career was a newspaperman and subsequently went into law, and eventually served as a Supreme Court Justice in Pennsylvania for eighteen years. Paxson was one of the largest real estate owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. – see Davis, William W. H., A. M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1905].

      Paxson was the son of Thomas Paxson, a prominent Pennsylvania Quaker, of Bucks County.  The correspondence deals with all aspects of Paxson’s career his newspaper holdings, real estate and land investments both in Pennsylvania and in Virginia, law and politics, and family. Many of the letters deal with Paxson’s newspaper and printing business which included papers in both Bucks County and Chester County, Pennsylvania. There are many letters discussing Paxson’s planned acquisition of other small town newspapers in Pennsylvania. Paxson eventually studied and then practiced law, and the collection has letters dealing with this aspect of his career. Paxson was also a large landowner in Bucks County, and also owned lands elsewhere, including Virginia.

       Sample quotations and additional information from the letters can be emailed upon request.