New York Daily News (19th century)
|Publisher||Benjamin Wood (1860-1900)|
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.
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. 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.
- On This Day - August 31, 1861, The New York Times (2001), Retrieved 18 November 2013
- (22 February 1900). Death of Benjamin Wood, The New York Times
- (23 January 2013). Everything Was Fake but her Wealth, Smithsonian.org
- (14 December 1906). Col. Brown and His Paper Pass Away Together, The New York Times
- (16 June 1935). Thomas Quinn, 70, Ex-Publisher, Dies, The New York Times