The Story of an Independent Newspaper

The Story of an Independent Newspaper

The Story of an Independent Newspaper

The Story of an Independent Newspaper

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Each year requests for material on the history of the Springfield Republican come to its publishers from widely separated points. They are sent by professors, teachers and students of journalism in universities, colleges, and high schools, and by clubs and civic organizations.

Hitherto the available material concerning the Republican has been contained in "The Life and Times of Samuel Bowles," by George S. Merriam, published in 1885 and now out of print. That brilliant two-volume biography carried the history of the paper down to 1878, the year in which Samuel Bowles, the second editor, died. But it dealt only in an introductory manner with the history of the paper from 1824--the year in which the first Samuel Bowles founded the Republican as a weekly --to 1844 when, at the urging of his son, the Daily Republican was founded.

Since the death of the third Samuel Bowles in 1915 there has been a demand for a history of the Republican covering his fruitful and courageous service, as well as that of his father and grandfather. The hundredth anniversary of the first issue seems to offer the appropriate occasion for such a publication.

The material for this book has been gathered chiefly from the files of the paper. Second to these, the most useful source of information has been Merriam's biography. Among other books which have been found most helpful are Solomon Bulkley Griffin "People and Politics . . ."

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