Hannibal Courier-Post

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Hannibal Courier-Post
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
Publisher Mike Murphy
Editor Eric Dundon
Founded 1832, as Missouri Courier
Headquarters 200 North Third Street, Hannibal, Missouri 63401, United States
Website hannibal.net

The Hannibal Courier-Post is a daily newspaper published in Hannibal, Missouri, United States. It is owned by GateHouse Media.

In addition to Hannibal, the Courier-Post covers several other communities in Marion, Pike and Ralls counties, including Bowling Green, Center, Louisiana, Monroe City, New London, Palmyra, Perry, Saverton and Vandalia.


The newspaper claims to be the oldest daily newspaper in Missouri, having printed daily since 1853 and tracing its lineage back to several weekly newspapers in and around Hannibal: the Commercial Advertiser (1837), later called the Pacific Monitor (1840), Hannibal Journal (1841) and Hannibal Journal and Western Union (1850); the Hannibal Gazette (1846); the Hannibal Messenger (1851); and a Palmyra weekly, the Missouri Courier, founded in 1832 and consolidated with the Gazette in 1848.[1]

The Journal converted to a daily March 16, 1853, the Messenger in 1858. The Messenger combined with the Courier in 1863, adopting the name North Missouri Courier. The daily Courier in 1891 merged with the Daily Post, marking the debut of the name Hannibal Courier-Post. The Morning Journal was acquired in 1918.[1]

Individual owners had published the Courier-Post and its predecessors since the 1850s, including Thomas B. Morse, who had founded the Daily Post in 1886 and remained publisher of the merged newspaper until 1907. Morse sold the paper that year to Lee Enterprises, which invested heavily in its new acquisition, with a new printing press, Associated Press wire, and a new building.[1]

Lee sold the paper to Stauffer Communications in 1969. Morris Communications acquired Stauffer in 1995.[2] The current owners, GateHouse Media, purchased the Hannibal Courier-Post in 2007.[3][1]

Mark Twain[edit]

As the hometown daily newspapers of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), the predecessors of the Hannibal Courier-Post were an important part of the future literary star's youth.

It was an advertisement in the Commercial Advertiser weekly, from February 27, 1839, that lured Twain's father John Marshall Clemens to Hannibal.[1]

Twain himself worked on the Missouri Courier, as a "printer's devil" in 1849, as he recalled in a 1908 letter to the Courier‍‍ '​‍s editors:[1]

Surreptitiously and uninvited I helped to edit the paper when no one was watching; therefore I was a journalist. I have never been wholly disconnected from Journalism since; therefore, by my guess, I am dean of the trade in America.

I hope the Courier will long survive me and remain always prosperous. Mark Twain.

Twain's older brother, Orion Clemens, briefly owned the Hannibal Journal and Western Union, 1850-1853, employing Twain as a typesetter and contributor of articles and humorous sketches.


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