American Citizen (newspaper)

The American Citizen was an influential newspaper in New York City in the early 19th century. It advocated against Aaron Burr in his 1804 run for governor of New York.[1][2]

The paper started in 1800 as the American citizen and general daily advertiser, though it was effectively a continuation of Greenleaf's New Daily Adverstiser (1796-1800) and the The Argus, or, Greenleaf's New Daily Adverstiser (1795-96).[3]

The title was shortened to American Citizen in 1802. James Cheetham (1772–1810) was the leading editor of the paper, first becoming involved in 1801, and becoming sole publisher by April 1803. Cheetham was frequently sued for libel, although many of the suits ended in mistrial, dismissal, or deadlock.[4]

The paper ceased publication a few months after Cheetham's death.[5]


  1. James Cheetham and the New York Governor's Race, The Duel -, Retrieved 18 November 2013
  2. Reid, Robert W. Washington Lodge, No. 21, F. & A.M., and Some of Its Members, pp. 175-78 (1911)
  3. Eighteenth-Century American Newspapers in the Library of Congress - New York, Library of Congress, Retrieved 18 November 2013
  4. Chamberlain, Ryan. Pistols, Politics and the Press: Dueling in 19th Century American Journalism, p. 73 (2009)
  5. Brigham, Clarence S. "Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 Part VIII: New York City" Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (1917) Vol. 26 Part II, pp. 375-51

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