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The Gazette & Chronicle


Yesterday, circa 1906, on the right side of Pleasant Street (between State Street and Market Square) as one is facing Market Square, was the Portsmouth home of the oldest newspaper in America, The New Hampshire Gazette, and The Morning Chronicle. The latter was established in 1852 and also published an evening paper, The Evening Herald. The former was established October 7, 1756 by Daniel Fowle. The Chronicle and Gazette, as a corporation, employed 30 people under the guidance of F. W. Hartford who was the editor and treasurer and one of the city's foremost and progressive business leaders.


Today, The Morning Chronicle and Evening Herald are published as one newspaper, The Portsmouth Herald with offices on Maplewood Avenue. The Gazette has been reclaimed by a descendent of its founder, Steven Fowle. It is published fortnightly on alternating Fridays. By the way a "fortnight" is a two week period and still a common term in Australia and England but not so common in America. To subscribe to "the nation's oldest newspaper", send $20 to The New Hampshire Gazette, P O Box 756, Portsmouth, NH 03802.

While the newspapers have vacated Pleasant Street and there are new occupants in their old rooms, the building is pretty much as it was a hundred years ago and are parts to the Portsmouth, New Hampshire's heritage of a fine collection of 19th century brick buildings.


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