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Richmond Dispatch Archive

  • Richmond, Virginia
  • 18521903

About

Published from 1884 to 1903, the Richmond Dispatch was originally established on October 19, 1850, as the Daily Dispatch by James A. Cowardin and William H. Davis. The Daily Dispatch marked a new era in newspaper publishing in Virginia. Not only was the four-page sheet the first penny paper south of Baltimore, editorially it veered away from the vitriolic political propaganda common to its daily competitors. The Dispatch, instead, offered itself to Richmond’s commercial and industrial elite as the best possible source for local, state, and national news. Cowardin also published a weekly edition of the paper, the Weekly Dispatch and in 1857 began the Semiweekly Dispatch . By 1860, the Daily Dispatch was one of four dailies printed in Richmond, with a circulation equal to that of its three rivals combined.

Archive Info

  • 80,273
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • 18521903

Paper History

  • The Daily Dispatch

Source Information

Richmond Dispatch, 1852–1903 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 19, 2022

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Col Julian Allen 1865

Col Julian Allen 1865

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Springfield (Mass.) Gas Light Company's Holly steam system
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Concert and Sword

Concert and Sword

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Brilliant Wedding of Mr. Ehrman and Miss Davis

Brilliant Wedding of Mr. Ehrman and Miss Davis

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Archive Info

  • 80,273
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • 18521903

Paper History

  • The Daily Dispatch

Source Information

Richmond Dispatch, 1852–1903 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: July 19, 2022