“We were harassed considerably but did not mind, for we were battling for the constitution and our rights, and that is always a disagreeable and sometimes dirty business.”

– Donn Piatt


When Donn Piatt died in 1891, newspapers nationwide published obituaries of the Ohio-born journalist. Most lauded his skills, and a few politely expressed criticisms; but all noted his independence, explosive language, and dedication to expose the faults and corruptions of those who held public office. Piatt’s career began in 1840 as a 21-year-old who submitted reports of rural political meetings to the Catholic Telegraphic and the Ohio Statesman. Publication encouraged him to believe he could become a writer despite a forced apprenticeship in his father’s law office. 

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