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The Chillicothe Advertiser collection covers 1882-1895.

 

The Chillicothe Advertiser was established as the Ohioan and Chillicothe Advertiser in 1829 in Chillicothe, the seat of Ross County. Chillicothe was Ohio's first and third state capital (1803-1810, 1812-1816) and home to prominent politicans such as Nathaniel Massie, Edward Tiffin and Thomas Worthington, contributing to its role as an early center of political influence. Throughout the 19th century, Chillicothe was a busy economic center, through agriculture, papermaking and its proximity to Ohio's coal and iron industries. The canal and railroad systems connected Chillicothe to larger markets.

 

The Advertiser was a weekly newspaper which, in the latter part of the 19th century, described itself as the "Official paper of Ross County"; "A progressive, family newspaper devoted to politics, literature, agriculture, education and the general interests of Ross County"; and "Clean and Reliable. A Mirror of Local Events. Devoted to the Interests of City and County." It published a variety of content including state and national news; political editorals and articles; community news, legal notices and business advertisements; works of literature; and essays on general interest topics. Democratic in politics, the Advertiser's primary competitor was the long-running Whig/Republican Scioto Gazette. The Advertiser ceased publication in 1925. Its daily edition, the Chillicothe News-Advertiser, continued to publish until 1943 when it was absorbed by the Chillicothe Gazette (the Scioto Gazette's successor) which still serves Chillicothe and Ross County residents today.

 
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