Newburyport Herald

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Newburyport Herald, 1821

The Newburyport Herald (1797–1915) was a newspaper published in Newburyport, Massachusetts in the 19th century. It began in 1797 with the merger of two previous newspapers, William Barrett's Political Gazette and Angier March's Impartial Herald.[1] Employees included William Lloyd Garrison.[2]

Notable for[edit]

In 1805, James Akin published his now-infamous 'Infuriated Despondency', a satire of an altercation he had with former employer Edmund Blunt in Newburyport, in which Blunt hurled a skillet at Akin and hit an innocent passerby.

In 1812 the first usage of the word "gerrymander" outside of the immediate Boston area came in the Herald on March 31. The paper continued until 1915.[3]

Variant titles[edit]

  • Newburyport Herald and Country Gazette, 1797-1803, 1811-1815[4]
  • Newburyport Herald and Commercial Gazette, 1815-1817[5]
  • Newburyport Herald, Commercial and Country Gazette, 1817-1818[5]
  • Newburyport Herald, 1803-1811, 1818-188?[5][6][7]
  • Newburyport Weekly Herald, 1888-1902[5]


  1. ^ Joseph T. Buckingham (1850), Specimens of newspaper literature, Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, OCLC 1387302 
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of African American History. ABC-CLIO, 2010
  3. ^ "Newburyport: end of the Herald's long career". Boston Sunday Globe. 1915-10-10. 
  4. ^ Newburyport Herald and Country Gazette Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 31, 1797). Library of Congress. "About The Newburyport herald and country gazette". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Library of Congress. "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers". Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Rowell's American newspaper directory, New York, 1909, retrieved 24 April 2012 
  7. ^ Edward P. Remington's annual newspaper directory, 1910 

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