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F. S. Heiskell Subscription List of the Knoxville Register

Identifier: MS-0493

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This collection contains the subscription list for the Knoxville Register in 1820. According to an accompanying note, the list was found in the attic of the editor, F. S. Heiskell. The date 1820 is indicated by the reference on page 112 to the Emancipator, an anti-slavery paper published in that year in Jonesboro. The numbers after the names are probably the number of issues of the Register with which the subscriptions began and ended. Some subscribers lived within the Cherokee Nation.


  • 1820


The material in this collection is in English.

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This collection contains the subscription list for the Knoxville Register for the year 1820.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick Steidinger Heiskell (1786-1882) was born in Maryland and raised in Virginia. He learned the printer's trade from his brother John and then moved to Knoxville in December 1814. In 1816, he married Eliza Brown and established the Knoxville Register with his brother-in-law Hugh Brown, who left the paper in 1829.

Politics intrigued Heiskell and he used the columns of the Register to champion both candidate and cause. As a result, he became a close friend and political ally of Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and James K. Polk. Although supporter of Andrew Jackson against John Quincy Adams, Heiskell supported Hugh Lawson White for president rather than Jackson's hand-picked successor, Martin Van Buren, in the 1836 election. Heiskell campaigned relentlessly for White in the editorial columns. When the election was over, White had 39,500 Tennessee votes, Van Buren 21,500.

Heiskell became a tireless campaigner for public education and civic improvement, with service on countless boards and commissions. He was co-founder and treasurer of the Knoxville Public Library. He served as a trustee of the Knoxville Female Academy and its successor, the East Tennessee Female Institute, from 1827 until his death. He was also a trustee of East Tennessee College, now the University of Tennessee, and served on the Knoxville Board of Mayors and Aldermen from 1825 until 1831 and in 1835 for a brief period as mayor of Knoxville. In 1847, Heiskell was elected to the Tennessee State Senate.

In addition to his political activities, Frederick Heiskell was the president of the Tennessee Press Association in 1836 and was referred to as the father of Tennessee journalism.

In 1837, Heiskell sold the Register to Col. W. B. A. Ramsey and Robert Craighead. He then moved west of Knoxville to Fruit Hill farm, where he lived until 1880. His wife died in 1851, and he married the widowed Alice Gale (Armstrong) Fulkerson two years later. He died on November 29, 1882, in Rogersville, Tenn.


Collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of Special Collections

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA