"INDEPENDENT STATESMAN. In 1821 the Independent Statesman made its bow to the public. As it enacted, for a time, an important part in the politics of the State and County, I allude to it more at length than I have to many that preceded it. It was established to advocate the election of Gen. Joshua Wingate, jr., for Governor of the State, in opposition to Albion K. Parris, the Democratic nominee, who received the support of the Argus and a portion of the Democracy, led by Ashur Ware, then Secretary of State and a writer for the Argus. Several of the leading Democrats, who opposed the election of Mr. Parris, were Isaac Ilsley, James Jewett, Asa Clapp and his son Charles, Judge Widgery, and others of this city, and Judge Ames of Bath, etc., all of whom contributed material aid in getting up and supporting the Statesman. The political con- test that year was the most virulent and personal ever witnessed in this State. Mr. Parris was triumphantly elected Governor, and the combination suffered a signal defeat. ..." Reference DAta: PRESS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY.