This Day in Texas History: First Texas Newspaper Begins Brief Life

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This Day in Texas History: First Texas Newspaper Begins Brief Life

This Day in Texas History:

First Texas Newspaper Begins Brief Life

August 14, 1819

The Nacogdoches Texas Republican, believed to be the earliest newspaper published in Texas, was first printed on August 14, 1819.

NacogdochesEli Harris printed the paper for the James Long expedition. No copy of the paper is known to have survived, but the St. Louis Enquirer noted that the content was “principally occupied with the military and political operations going on in that quarter.” The paper, a weekly, appeared twice in August and possibly a few times in September and then ceased publication.

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