Biography of Francis D. Flanders
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Francis D. Flanders was born in Salisbury, N. H., in 1810, and came to Fort Covington with his parents about 1825 or 1826. While still in his youth he became associated with Samuel Hoard in the publication of the Franklin Republican, and was afterward with him in Ogdensburg in the Managament and editorship of the St. Lawrence Republican. Returning to Fort Covington, he established the Franklin Gazette in 1837, which he continued to own and edit until 1876, when he sold the business, though continuing as editor for some years afterward. In his younger years his editorial work was thoughtful and, strong, and the paper was recognized as one of The ablest of Democratic country weeklies in the State. In Mr. Flanders's later years, however, he seemed to lose the inclination for extended editorial discussion, and to prefer inditing only pungent, stinging paragraphs, ana. selecting extracts from other papers in expression of his views, which were always extreme and radical. While published at Fort Covington the Gazette was outspoken in sympathy with the Canadian rebellion or Papineau cause, and was forbidden circulation in the Canadian mails. The office of publication was removed to Malone in 1847, and during the civil war the paper was so pronounced in upholding the constitutionality of secession and so bitter in denunciation of the Lincoln administration that Mr. Flanders was arrested and confined in Fort Lafayette and Fort Warren for about two months, and for nearly two years the Gazette was denied postal privileges in the United States. Mr. Flanders was member of the Assembly in 1844, county clerk 1853-6, postmaster of Malone during the Buchanan administration, and Presidential elector in 1868. He was for many years a member of the board of education of the village school district of Malone, and for a time its president. He died in Malone January 26, 1881.

Also see Joseph R. Flanders (his brother)

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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