Name: Samuel Madison Pleasants
Formal Name: Samuel Madison Pleasants
First Date: 1814; Last Date: 1815
PrecisPublisher of the Virginia Argus (1814) at Richmond, succeeding his father, Samuel Pleasants (331), as agent for his mother Deborah Whitehead Pleasants (328).
Publisher Richmond Publisher of the Virginia Argus (1814) at Richmond, succeeding his father, Samuel Pleasants (331), as agent for his mother Deborah Whitehead Pleasants (328). Pleasants was briefly the publisher of record of the long-lived Virginia Argus in Richmond as successors to his father, Samuel Pleasants, the paper's founder. At the time, the fall of 1814, Pleasants was just fourteen-years-old, so a fictive owner rather than a true proprietor. Over the preceding twenty years, his father had built a simple one-press shop that issued a twice-weekly mercantile advertiser into a substantial trade complex that operated a three-press printing plant, a well-stocked bookstore, and an influential Republican journal. Indeed, his association with that party's leadership led to a friendship with James Madison, for whom the son was named. On his father's death in October 1814, his mother Deborah took control of the business as the administrator of Samuel's estate. She continued the Argus without interruption, employing the cadre of experienced journeymen that Samuel had left behind. But its masthead promptly recorded the transition in ownership, stating that it was now "published by Samuel M. Pleasants, for the benefit of himself and the other Representatives of Samuel Pleasants, deceased." His assignment as publisher indicates that the adolescent Pleasants was at least training as a printer when his father died, if not working the press there. But his age would have prevented him from legally owning the paper, so mother Deborah was clearly its actual proprietor. With the sale of the paper, as well as the larger Argus Office that produced it, in December 1814, Pleasants exited the printing trade. It appears that once he attained his majority, he became the manager of the various properties that his father had acquired in his lifetime, living with his mother in the large house that Samuel had rebuilt on Twenty-Second Street near Leigh. As a result, it seems that he took responsibility for the care of his aging mother, so never married, even after her death in 1837 and after his brother Edwin had moved his family into the domicile. Pleasants died there in October 1884 at the age of eighty-four. Personal Data Born: Feb. 2 1800 Henrico County, Virginia. Died: Oct. 25 1884 Henrico County, Virginia. Apparently never married or had children. Sources: Imprints; Brigham; Hubbard on Richmond; Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, Valentine Museum, Richmond; notices in Richmond papers (1814-84); genealogical data from Miller, Pleasants and Allied Families (1980).
Samuel Madison Pleasants is associated with 3 other people.
Samuel Madison Pleasants is associated with 1 newspaper variant.
Samuel Madison Pleasants is associated with 28 imprint records:
- 1814.054: Virginia Almanack for 1815 (Pleasants B).
- 1814.107: Annual Message of the Governor to the Assembly (October 1814).
- 1814.108: Report of Treasurer John Preston (October 1814).
- 1814.109: Documents accompanying Treasurer's Report (October 1814).
- 1814.110: Bill concerning Executions.
- 1814.112: Bill to establish a Public Manufactory in Eastern Virginia.
- 1814.113: Documents concerning Expenses attending Defense of Virginia.
- 1814.114: Bill to amend the Law relating to Distress for Rent.
- 1814.115: Bill for the Relief of Sick and Infirm Militia Soldiers.
- 1814.116: Proposed Resolutions for establishing Real Estate Bank of Virginia.
- 1814.117: Report of the Public Auditor, November 15, 1814.
- 1814.118: Expenditures of 1813 charged on 1814 Revenue.
- 1814.119: Expenditures of 1814 charged on 1814 Revenue.
- 1814.120: Balances Due from 1782 to 1st October 1814.
- 1814.121: Bill to Amend the Act establishing Public Schools.
- 1814.122: Report on State of Bank of Virginia and Farmers’ Bank of Virginia.
- 1814.123: Bill concerning Repair and Distribution of Public Arms.
- 1814.124: Report of Committee examining Treasurer’s Accounts.
- 1814.125: Report of Committee on Expences and Receipts of Government.
- 1814.127: Act concerning Executions and for Other Purposes.
- 1814.128: Bill to Raise a Force for Defence of this Commonwealth.
- 1814.129: Bill to Amend the Militia Laws.
- 1814.130: Resolutions concerning the Real Estate Bank of Virginia.
- 1814.131: Bill to Incorporate the Real Estate Bank of Virginia.
- 1814.132: Amended Bill to Incorporate the Real Estate Bank of Virginia.
- 1814.137: Bill to Raise a Force for Defence of this Commonwealth, as amended (1).
- 1814.138: Bill to Raise a Force for Defence of this Commonwealth, as amended (2).
- 1815.012: Journal of the House of Delegates (October 1814).