Boston Evening Traveller

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Daily Evening Traveller, 1866

The Boston Evening Traveller (1845–1967) was a newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts. It came out daily, with weekly and semi-weekly editions, under a variety of Traveller titles. It was absorbed by the Boston Herald in 1912, and ceased publication in 1967.


Compared to other papers in Boston in the 1840s, the Traveller was notable for its significantly lower retail price, and for being sold on the street.[1] It supported the views of the Free Soil Party and the Republican Party. Its office was at no.31 State Street (c.1851–1894).[2][3]

In 1857 the Boston Atlas, the Boston Chronicle and the Evening Telegraph were merged into the Traveller.[4] As of 1878, one guide described it as "the largest four-page evening paper in New England: five editions daily; the semi-weekly and weekly of each week contains sermons of Henry Ward Beecher; 'Review of the Week;' market and shipping reports; latest news and choice reading, prepared expressly for the family fireside."[5]

Among the publishers: Roland Worthington.[6][7] Editors included Ferdinand Andrews, Samuel Bowles,[8] James W. Clark,[8] Reuben Cook,[8] Ernest Gruening, Manton Marble,[8] Joseph B. Morss,[8] George Punchard, Albert Edward Winship.[9] Contributors included William Foster Apthorp, Charles Creighton Hazewell,[4][10] Henry James.[11]

In the 1900s, the paper was headquartered at no.76 Summer Street (c.1902–1912).[6] In 1912 the Herald bought the Traveler and merged the papers into the Boston Traveler and Evening Herald, now published from the Herald's facility at no.171 Tremont Street.[6] "The new company published the morning Herald and the evening Traveler until 1967, when, due to declining circulation, they were combined into a morning newspaper known as the Herald-Traveler."[12]

Variant titles[edit]

  • Daily Evening Traveller, 1845–1885[13]
  • Boston Evening Traveller, 1885–1889[14]
  • Boston Daily Traveller, c.1856–1885, 1889–1894[14]
  • Boston Traveler, 1894–1912, 1914–1967[14]
  • Boston Traveler and Evening Herald, 1912–1914[14]
  • American Traveller (semiweekly and weekly editions), c.1845–1885[14]
  • American Semi-Weekly Traveller, 1851–1854[14]
  • Boston Traveller (semiweekly edition), c.1855–1885[14]
  • American Weekly Traveller, c.1851–1855[14]


  1. ^ Frederic Hudson (1873), Journalism in the United States, from 1690-1872, New York: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 824555
  2. ^ The Traveller occupied a building which had a number of previous lives. "The Rogers Buildings, erected about 1800, was one of the first brick blocks in Boston. It was sold in 1811 to James Harrison, who in turn sold it to Daniel Dennison Rogers, when the block was known as Rogers Buildings. In 1833 Henry B. Rogers, son of the former, sold it to Israel Thorndike, and it became known as Thorndike's Buildings. In 1838 Israel Thorndike sold it to the National Insurance Company, but it continued to be known as Thorndike's Buildings until the Evening Traveller took up its quarters here in 1851. It was known as the Old Traveller Building from December 1851 to 1894, when it was torn down to make way for the present Worthington Building which was built in 1895." Cf. Forty of Boston's historic houses, Boston, Mass: Printed for the State Street Trust Company, 1912, OCLC 2847254, OL 6539796M
  3. ^ The Boston directory for the year 1852. Boston: George Adams. 1852.
  4. ^ a b King's handbook of Boston (King's handbook of Boston. ed.), Cambridge, Mass: M. King, 1883, OL 7176558M
  5. ^ Pettingill's newspaper directory, NY: Pettingill & Co., 1878
  6. ^ a b c "Boston Traveler sold; will be combined with evening edition of the Herald". New York Times. 27 June 1912.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Henry Harrison; McClintock, John Norris (1885). "Roland Worthington, collector of the Port of Boston". Granite Monthly. 8 (7–8). Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Roland Worthington", Biographical encyclopedia of Massachusetts of the nineteenth century, New York: Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving Co., 1879, OCLC 4952161
  9. ^ Edwin M. Bacon, Richard Herndon, ed. (1896), Men of progress: one thousand biographical sketches and portraits of leaders in business and professional life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston: New England Magazine, OL 7183032M
  10. ^ Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Hazewell, Charles Creighton" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  11. ^ Henry James' first published writing appeared in the Daily Traveller. Cf. Sharon Hazard (2007), Long Branch in the Golden Age, The History Press, ISBN 9781596292161, OCLC 85484923, OL 8885167M, 1596292164
  12. ^ Boston Globe, Dec 27, 1987
  13. ^ Daily Evening Traveller, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 1, 1845). Library of Congress. "About Daily evening traveller. (Boston, Mass.) 1845-1885". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Library of Congress. "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers". Retrieved 18 April 2012.


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Coordinates: 42°21′31.67″N 71°3′24.87″W / 42.3587972°N 71.0569083°W / 42.3587972; -71.0569083