The Ohio Statesman collection includes 1869-1872. Additional issues of the Ohio Statesman (1861-1869) are freely available and full text searchable through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov).
In the years that followed, the Statesman
would pass through the hands of several different owners. Samuel S. Cox became the sole editor and proprietor on January 2, 1854, and quickly announced the sale of the paper on May 23, 1854, to the proprietors of the Daily Ohio State Democrat
, under the name of the Franklin Printing Company. The Statesman
were consolidated to form the Daily Ohio Statesman and Democrat
. The editors of the Democrat
, Horace S. Knapp and Charles B. Flood, became the editors of the consolidated paper. But on February 10, 1855, the paper was transferred to Samuel Medary, who, for the third time, became its sole proprietor and editor. At this time, "Democrat" was dropped from the title, and the paper took its original name of Ohio Statesman
. Medary left the paper in 1857 and in 1861 established the Columbus Crisis
, a highly controversial and widely read Copperhead newspaper. Medary was later indicted for conspiracy against the government in 1864, but died before he could be tried.
After changing hands several more times, the Statesman was sold on April 1, 1872 to Dodd & Linton publishers, who changed it from a morning to an evening paper. Not long after, an announcement appeared, signed “Statesman Company, by J. P. Linton, manager,” declaring that the Daily Ohio Statesman had been merged with the Daily Dispatch, an evening paper, known for being non-partisan in politics. The Statesman Company continued to publish the Weekly Ohio Statesman and also the Sunday Statesman. In the years that followed, the Statesmanwould change owners and names several more times. On August 3, 1911, the paper, published by Joseph H. Harper and now titled the Columbus News, finally ceased publication.
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