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From Palmetto State to Pampas

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

From Palmetto State to Pampas

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Charleston's roots deep, wide

Although The Post and Courier name has existed only a short time, the Charleston, S.C., paper bills itself as the South's oldest daily and can trace its beginnings to Jan. 10, 1803, when the Charleston Courier was first published.

But it is Robert Smith Manigault's name that has been synonymous with Charleston publishing for the past century.

When rice farming turned bad for Manigault, he switched to a different type of product -- newspapers, and in 1894 he helped found The Evening Post.

Manigault found greater success in his new field, and in 1926 the Post bought controlling stock in the century-old Courier (which was then the News and Courier). In 1991, the morning and evening papers fully merged to become The Post and Courier.

This week, the paper that survived Civil War shelling and Hurricane Hugo celebrates the bicentennial of day it took root. The Evening Post Publishing Co. …

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