Woodville Republican

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The Woodville Republican is a weekly newspaper published in Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi. It is the oldest newspaper, as well as the oldest business, in continuous incorporated operation in Mississippi.

Sign on the west exterior wall (facing Depot Street) of the offices of the Woodville Republican

The Woodville Republican was established in 1823 by William A. A. Chisholm.[1] Although during the Reconstruction era the newspaper did fall into the hands of Republican Party Carpetbaggers and Scallawags, the name predates, and is essentially unrelated to, the same-named political party.

Historical marker in front of the Woodville Republican office on Depot Street

The Lewis family has owned and operated the Republican since 1879 June 7.[2] As of 2010 the editor is Andy J. Lewis.[3] Issues of the Woodville Republican come out on Wednesdays.


  1. ^ Mississippi Department of Archives and History marker posted 1975 in front of the newspaper's office at 425 Depot Street, Woodville, MS 39669.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the Woodville Republican" (anonymous writeup furnished by the newspaper on 5 August 2010).
  3. ^ Business card supplied by the newspaper. The mailing address is Post Office Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669. The telephone is (601) 888-4293; the fax line is (601) 888-6156. The e-mail address is wrepublican@bellsouth.net. Andy J. Lewis has served as president of the Mississippi Press Association.