The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Topeka Capital-Journal
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Morris Communications
Publisher Gregg Ireland
Editor Tomari Quinn
Founded Topeka Daily Capital: 1879 (with heritage dating to 1858)
Topeka State Journal: 1873
Topeka Capital-Journal: 1981
Headquarters 616 SE Jefferson
Topeka, Kansas 66607

The Topeka Capital-Journal is a daily newspaper in Topeka, Kansas owned by Morris Communications.


The paper was formed following a series of mergers including the eventual merger of the Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal and numerous name changes:

  • 1858: Kansas State Record starts publishing
  • 1873: Topeka Blade founded by J. Clarke Swayze
  • 1879: George W. Reed buys the Blade and changes it name to Kansas State Journal.
  • 1879: Topeka Daily Capital founded by Major J.K. Hudson as an evening paper but changes to morning in 1881. Its press is claimed to be the first electric motor press in the United States
  • 1885: Frank P. MacLennan buys Journal and renames it Topeka State Journal
  • 1888: Capital absorbs the Commonwealth which had earlier bought the Kansas State Record
  • 1899: Frederick Oliver Popenoe buys a 51 percent controlling interest in the Capital.
  • 1900: Charles M. Sheldon, saying that "newspapers should be operated as Christ would operate them," sends the Capital circulation skyrocketing from 12,000 to 387,000 forcing it to print papers in New York and Chicago
  • 1901: Arthur Capper buys Capital and become sole owner in 1904
  • 1940: Oscar S. Stauffer buys the Journal
  • 1951: Capper dies and the Capital become employee owned
  • 1956: Stauffer Publications buys Capper Publications, including the Capital
  • 1962: Former MacLennan home Cedar Crest becomes the Kansas Governor's Mansion
  • 1973: Brian Lanker wins 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
  • 1975: Susan Ford, daughter of Gerald Ford, and Chris Johns (future photo editor of National Geographic magazine) intern at paper during the summer[1]
  • 1981: Stauffer merges the papers into The Capital-Journal distributed in the morning
  • 1982: Oscar S. Stauffer dies at 95
  • 1994: Stauffer Communications merges with Morris Communications[2]


  1. ^ Hall, Mike (December 28, 2006), "Ford's daughter Susan interned at C-J", Topeka Capital-Journal 
  2. ^ Morris buys Stauffer, Fort Scott Tribune, July 27, 1994

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