This blog is dedicated to the Kinston Free Press newspaper, so imagine my delight when I came across this biographical information on one of the founders.
JOSEPHUS DANIELS, EsQ., OF RALEIGH,
Was born at Washington, Beaufort county, May 18th, 1862. He received a rudimentary education at the Wilson
Collegiate Institute, At the age of eighteen he was local editor and part owner of the Wilson’ Advance. A year later he became sole editor and owner of that paper. In 1882, in company with his brother he commenced the publication of the Kinston Free Press, He read law under Hon. John Manning at the University in 1885, and obtained his license the same year. The day after receiving his license to practice he succeeded Capt. Randolph A. Shotwell, as editor of the Raleigh Stale Ohronicle. He has increased the circulation of this paper and has made it a potent power for Democracy. The paper is rapidly increasing in patronage and reputation. It is doubtful if any young man in North Carolina at Mr. Daniel’s age has ever wielded a greater influence in journalism.
He was married May 2d, 1888, to Miss Addie Bagley, of Raleigh, daughter of the late Maj. W. H. Bagley, who was for a long time Clerk of the Supreme Court, and granddaughter of Gov. Jonathan Worth .
Source: Dowd, Jerome. Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians. Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton, printers and binders, 1888. <http://books.google.com/books?id=Gj0TAAAAYAAJ>