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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

In 1856, Mr. Barnes again became editor and proprietor, which position he retained until the paper was consolidated with the Advertiser, Mr. J. F. Conover doing the principal editorial work in the political department. Another daily journal was ushered into existence in April, 1853, as a Free Soil paper, and was known as the Free Democrat. It was published by the Rev. Seymour A. Baker, with whom was associated James F. Conover. * Meanwhile, some changes had taken place in the ownership of the Advertiser, and Rufus Hosmer retired as editor, and was succeeded by the Hon. James M. Edmunds, now of Washington, the paper having been gradually enlarged during all this time, and appearing in 1854 as a 32-column journal. On January 13th, 1854, yet another paper was founded—The Inquirer, established" by Rufus Hosmer and Theodore Williams, but early in 1855 it was consolidated with the Free Democrat, under the title of The Democrat and Inquirer, and Rufus Hosmer became the editor. In July, 1855, the proprietors of The Democrat and Inquirer purchased the Advertiser establishment for the sum of $23, 000, and consolidated the two, the business then being carried on by the firm of R. F. Johnstone & Co., and Rufus Hosmer continuing as editor. On November 22d, 1856, the ownership of the consolidated concern, known as the Advertiser, passed into the hands of Hon. Silas M. Holmes, and matters continued in that shape until the summer of 1858, when Frederick Morley became the publisher of the paper, and Joseph Warren succeeded Mr. Hosmer as editor. Finally, in November, 1861, The Advertiser establishment was purchased by the firm of Geiger & Scripps, and on July 8th, 1862,

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