On April 11, 1842, George H. French began publication of The Daily News, as a single broadsheet paper. At the time, Texas was an independent Republic, with Sam Houston serving as president, and Galveston was its largest port and primary city. One hundred-and-eighty years later and The Daily News has earned the title of oldest newspaper in the state of Texas. Over nearly two centuries, The Daily News has covered the happenings on the island and beyond, keeping the community informed.

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Bailey Jones

Congrats on 180 years. I just watched Ken Burn's documentary on Benjamin Franklin. The press was the only media available for the first 150-ish years of our nation and continues to be the most important and influential.

I wish the GCDN would consider republishing old copies of the paper online, They are a fascinating window into our history. They're available online through the library, but the interface is pretty wonky. I'd love to be able to click on a daily or weekly e-Edition from 100 years ago or 180 years ago. I believe it would be popular with the island's many history buffs.

DANIEL PICKETT

Bailey, that is a fantastic suggestion. I would enjoy reading some of those old editions.

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