New National Era, February 26, 1874

New National Era, February 26, 1874

I. D. Shadd, Esq.

We find the following complimentary allusion to Mr. Shadd in the Okolona Prairie News of the 6th instant:

“The present Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Mississippi Legislature is a native of Delaware, where he was born, in 1837, which makes him just thirty-seven years old. Mr. Shadd comes from a family of considerable notoriety. His father was a contributor to several newspapers and periodicals twenty-five years ago. He has several brothers and sisters, all of whom occupy prominent positions – lawyers, teachers and writers. One of his sisters is principal in a high school in Washington City, and another is occupying a like position in a high school in Louisiana; and he has a brother who is a successful practitioner of law in Arkansas and a man of considerable literary attainments. Mr. Speaker Shadd is a practical printer by trade, and for six years previous to coming to Mississippi, he was editor of an influential paper in Canada. He came to this State in 1870, was elected a member to the Legislature in ’71 from the county of Warren, and is now a Representative from Vicksburg. He was elected Speaker by a large majority. Mr. Shadd’s legislative experience will enable him to make a fine presiding officer. He presides with dignity, and his decisions are strictly impartial. We predict that Mr. Shadd will make a popular Speaker.”

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