The Hartford Courant, Connecticut, and the Country

Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014

It’s the newspaper in which George Washington placed an ad to lease part of his Mount Vernon land.

Thomas Jefferson sued this newspaper for libel—and lost.

And Mark Twain tried to buy stock in this paper but his offer was turned down.

The newspaper is the Hartford Courant, the country’s oldest newspaper in continuous publication. The Courant is, in fact, older than the nation. Started by Thomas Green as a weekly paper in 1764, The Courant stayed afloat at first by selling clothing, stationery, hardware and spices out of a store in front of the newspaper’s office.

America’s oldest continuously published newspaper celebrated 250 years with the Connecticut Historical Society with an exhibit. Visitors got a chance to explore the Hartford Courant‘s rich history with enlarged images and interesting facts about news coverage over the course of two-and-a-half centuries.

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