The Missouri Valley Register launched in 1865, and in 1867 (volume 3, issue 1), the editor—L. Davis—wrote a letter “To our Radical Friends” in which he declared that the “Register has done more to insure the success of Radical principles in this county than any other political agent or agency…our paper became a rallying point.” Over the years, the Register changed hands and name (becoming the Lexington Register), but it remained a Radical paper, exchanging “harsh words” with its Democratic rival, the Lexington Weekly Intelligencer.
Political antagonism escalated beyond words, however. During the election of 1872, the Register’s new editor, Edwin Turner, shot and killed the editor of the Intelligencer on the corner of Laurel and North streets on November 8, 1872. He was eventually acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.
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