1829 : Detroit Gazette Editor Fined

March 5, 2023 all-day

You had to be careful what you published in early Michigan.

Detroit Gazette editor John P. Sheldon was fined on March 5, 1829 for writing articles critical of the territorial court decisions, and jailed when he refused to pay.

Angry Detroit citizens, however, collected money and paid Sheldon’s fine and held a festive reception upon his release.

Source : Historical Society of Michigan.

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