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A HISTORY OF THE PRESS OF MICHIGAN

PREPARED FOR THE CENTENNIAL BY ORDER OF GOV. JOHN J. BAGLEY TOM S. APPLEGATE, COMPILER
Section I

THE DAILY PRESS OF DETROIT
Detroit, the commercial metropolis of Michigan, is conspicuous among the cities of the Union for the high character, the enterprise and the ability of her newspaper press, and in this State perhaps more than any other, the journals of our chief city have a commanding influence. It has been thought no more than a fit recognition of the daily press of Detroit, that it should have in this history, a department of its own, and the following sketches of the four daily newspapers of that city have been, at the request of the compiler prepared by gentlemen connected with the various journals mentioned.
THE DETROIT ADVERTISER AND TRIBUNE.
The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, now publishing a daily, a weekly, and a triweekly edition, represents the consolidation of a large number of newspaper interests, among them the first daily ever published in Detroit, or in Michigan, the initial number of which was issued on June 11, 1836. The present newspaper, however, really sprang from the Northwestern Journal, which was first published on November 20, 1829. It was a weekly and was established in opposition to the democratic party by the whig friends of John Quincy Adams. The Journal was edited, at different times, by Wm. Ward; by Mr. Bellows, afterwards a distinguished Unitarian clergyman; by Major Thomas Rowland; by George Corselius, and by George Watson. The Detroit Courier was established in December, 1830, as an anti-masonic and religious' sheet, and was soon consolidated with the Courier. In September, 1835, a semi-weekly edition of this paper was issued under the name of the Journal and Advertiser, and on August 28, 1835, a tri-weekly edition was established. On June 11, 1836, as has been said, the first number of its daily edition was issued, under the name of the Daily Advertiser, being published by George L. Whitney, who believed that Detroit, with its then population of six thousand inhabitants, would support a daily newspaper.

MICHIGAN PRESS


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