The Boston Journal

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The Boston Journal
The Boston Journal
The April 10, 1865, front page of
the Boston Daily Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Ford & Damrell (1833–1841)
John Sherburne Sleeper, John A. Dix, Henry Rogers (1841–1845)
Sleeper and Rogers (1845–1854)
Henry Rogers & Charles O. Rogers (1854–1855)
Charles O. Rogers (1855–1869)
Estate of Charles O. Rogers (1869–1896)
William D. Sohler (1896–1899)
Stephen O'Meara (1899–1902)
Frank Munsey (1902–1913)
Matthew Hale (1913–1914)
Walton A. Greene, Frederick Enwright, & Hugh Cabot (1914–1917)
Charles Eliot Ware Jr. (1917)
James H. Higgins (1917)
PublisherJournal Newspaper Company
FoundedFebruary 5, 1833
Ceased publicationOctober 1917 (merged with the Boston Herald)[1]
Headquarters264 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts  United States
Boston Journal Office in the late 1800s

The Boston Journal was a daily newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1833[2] until October 1917 when it was merged with the Boston Herald.[1]

The paper was originally an evening paper called the Evening Mercantile Journal. When it started publishing its morning edition, it changed its name to The Boston Journal.[2]

In October 1917 John H. Higgins, the publisher and treasurer of the Boston Herald,[3] bought out its nearby neighbor The Boston Journal and created The Boston Herald and Boston Journal.[1]

Former contributors[edit]

  • Charles Carleton Coffin, war correspondent who wrote dispatches from the front under the byline "Carlton".
  • Stephen O'Meara, reporter (1874–1879), city editor (1879–1881), managing editor (1881–1895), general manager (1891–1895), editor-in-chief and publisher (1895–1899), and majority owner (1899–1902). Later served as the first commissioner of the Boston Police Department.
  • Thomas Freeman Porter
  • Benjamin Perley Poore, Washington correspondent and war correspondent who wrote under the byline "Perley".
  • John Sherburne Sleeper, principal editor and part owner of the newspaper. Sleeper wrote the Journal's "Tales of the Seas" under his nom de plume of Hawser Martingale.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "Boston Papers Merged.; Herald Absorbs The Journal and Will Use the Joint Title" (PDF). The New York Times. October 6, 1917. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b Stanwood, Edward (1886), Boston Illustrated, Boston and New York: James R. Osgood & Co., and Houghton Mifflin & Co, p. 102
  3. ^ "James H. Higgins, Retired Publisher; Also Was Treasurer of Boston Herald for 10 Years After Merger With Traveler Dies at Central Valley In 1917 He Bought The Boston Journal and Consolidated It With The Herald. The New York Times, page 13, August 1, 1938.
  4. ^ Bacon, Edwin Munroe (1886), Bacon's Dictionary of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin & Co, The Riverside Press, p. 220, hdl:2027/mdp.39015027752982

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