New York Daily News (19th century)

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New York Daily News
Type Daily newspaper
Publisher Benjamin Wood (1860-1900)
Founded 1855-1906

The New York Daily News was a daily New York City newspaper from 1855 to 1906, unrelated to the present-day Daily News (New York) founded in 1919. Founded in the 1850s, it flourished under the stewardship of Benjamin Wood, and faltered after his death in 1900, going through three owners (including his widow) before suspending publication in mid-December 1906.


The paper was founded by Gideon J. Tucker in 1855.

Under Wood the paper was pro-Southern and defended slavery and the right to secede. It supported Stephen A. Douglas in the 1860 presidential election. In 1861, the U.S. federal government effectively shut down the paper (by suspending its delivery via the postal service) as being sympathetic with the enemy (the South, during the American Civil War). Wood was able to re-open the paper 18 months later, in May 1863.[1]

Wood continued as editor of the paper until his death in February 1900.[1][2] Publisher William L. Brown worked with Wood from 1880 until Wood's death.

Wood's widow Ida, who later became a famous recluse, briefly ran the paper. She sold it in 1901 to Frank Munsey for about $340,000.[3] Munsey changed the paper from an afternoon to morning publication and tried to broaden its appeal, but sold it in 1904 as circulation dropped. Managing editor Thomas C. Quinn took over the reins, but was unable to stop the paper's decline, and publication ceased on December 13, 1906.[4][5]


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