The first newspapers in Mississippi…
July 8, 2010 by TimHughes
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Even before the Mississippi Territory
was made whole in 1804 (or nearly so; a small portion was annexed in 1812), a printing press was moved into Natchez at the request of the newly appointed governor in order to: "...diffuse a knowledge of the laws and other useful matters..."
. Documentation gives evidence that Benjamin Stokes: "...commenced in Natchez, and continued some time, the 'Mississippi Gazette'...This was some time in the summer of 1799, but he soon failed..."
. But the earliest issue located is dated Oct. 13, 1801, vol. 2, no. 7, which would carry the date of establishment back to September, 1800. At the time the population of the entire Mississippi Territory was just 7600. The paper was discontinued on Dec. 1, 1801.
Another title, the "Intelligencer
", begin in Natchez on Aug. 11, 1801 judging from the date of the earliest issue located. This publication failed to last through the year, ending publication on Dec. 8, 1801. The next several papers also published in Natchez
, with the "Mississippi Herald
" beginning July 27, 1802 (ended in 1807); the "Constitutional Conservator
" beginning in Oct., 1802 but only one issue has been located, that of April 16, 1803; the "Mississippi Messenger
" beginning Sept. 7, 1804 (ended in 1808) and the "Natchez "Gazette
" beginning on Jan. 7, 1808 (ended on Nov. 16, 1808).
Each of these titles, and others from the early period of the 19th century, were established before statehood was granted in 1817.
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