Hartford Courant turns 250 years old
HARTFORD – On October 29, 1764, a printer named Thomas Green started a newspaper named the Connecticut Courant. That paper, now called The Hartford Courant, celebrates its 250th anniversary today.
Originally a weekly, the paper was one page in the early days. Later it expanded to four pages. Stories were put in the paper as they came in, there was no deciding what was at the top of page one.
The paper, which was almost twelve years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed, played an important role in getting information about the American Revolution out to the citizens of the new nation.
The paper started publishing daily in 1837 along with the weekly edition. A Sunday edition followed in 1913.
Both Samuel Clemens and Noah Webster wrote for the paper. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson placed ads in the paper. The Courant even had its own brand of cigars in the early 1900’s.
The paper has a long history of journalism excellence with many awards including two Pulitzer Prizes in 1992 and 1998, and it was a finalist in 2012.