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 abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and James Akin.[2]

Notable for[edit]

In 1805, American cartoonist and satirist 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" (in a political sense) 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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