Stories of Guernsey county by Wm. Wolfe Page464
John Kirkpatrick.—For the next fourteen years The Jeffersonian was owned, edited and published by John Kirkpatrick. Born at Middletown, Guernsey country, he attended Miller Academy at Washington, became a teacher at sixteen, graduated from the Cleveland Law School, and began office there, established a pension agency and published a small paper, The Boy in Blue, which was devoted to the interests of the soldiers. It was continued for ten years and circulated widely.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was a political fighter. While editor of The Jeffersonian he served as a member of the Ohio River Commission, also of the Board of Trustees of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home. On account of ill health he sold The Jeffersonian to John M. Amos in 1886, and retired from newspaper work. Mr. Kirkpatrick died a few months later.