Wilkeson, Samuel G., journalist, was born May 9, 1817, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was for twelve years a staff writer on the New York Tribune; and its war correspondent in the army of the Potomac. He was the editor and owner of the Buffalo Democracy and of the Albany Evening Journal, having bought out Thurlow Weed in 1865. He was secretary of the Northern Pacific railroad company since 1869. He died Dec. 2 1889, in New York City.
Thomas William Herringshaw, ed., Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography (Chicago: American Publishers’’ Association, 1914), 5: 698.
Samuel Wilkeson, journalist, explorer and railroad official, who died recently, was born in Buffalo in 1817, graduated from Union college and studied law. He early showed a predisposition for newspaper work, and in 1856 started a liberal daily paper in Buffalo, The Democracy. Governor Seward and Thurlow Weed persuaded him to go to The Albany Evening Journal. He bought an interest and managed the paper for a year and a half, when his health failed, and he sold out. After a rest he went on the editorial staff of The New York Tribune, and eventually represented the paper in Washington. For a year immediately after the important war period he left The Tribune for The New York Times. This occurred from his indignation at Horace Greeley’s act in bailing Jeff Davis.
“Samuel Wilkeson,” Milwaukee (WI) Yenowine’s News, December 15, 1889, p. 9: 3.