Portrait of William Leggett

William Leggett

1801 – 1839

William Leggett (1801-1839) was a Jacksonian era journalist and the intellectual leader of the laissez-faire wing of Jacksonian democracy He was a founder of the Plain Dealer and began his career as a poet and gravitated toward writing impassioned editorials in support of individual liberties and private property rights while working with William Cullen Bryant at the Evening Post.

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See the Liberty Matters online discussion on William Leggett: Free Trade, Hard Money, and Abolitionism

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