Mobile Register (Mobile, Alabama) Newspaper Archives (1833 - 2003)

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Mobile Register Newspaper Archives

Through our Mobile Press Register archives, you can research your ancestry and uncover their stories. Our extensive database includes local articles from Mobile, Alabama and other nearby cities published between 1833 to 2003.

As Alabama’s oldest newspaper, the Mobile Press-Register archives are filled with details about the key events and the people who made American history. In particular, the Mobile Press kept citizens across the United State up-to-date on the latest Civil War news.

If your family heritage has roots in Alabama or your ancestors served in the Civil War, you may find unknown details of your ancestors. Search our Mobile Register archives and find news stories, war notices, birth and wedding announcements, and more. Additionally, use our Mobile Register obits database to uncover new facts and stories of your ancestors.

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History of the Mobile Register: Alabama’s Oldest Newspaper

Descended from a newspaper (The Mobile Gazette) founded in 1813, the Mobile Press captured many key events in American history, especially as a publication company located in the South. During the Civil War and on, the Mobile Register was very influential and reliable for local citizens of not only Alabama but the United States as a whole.

Throughout its history, the Mobile Press has experienced many name changes and owners. After a few owners, John Forsyth Jr. purchased the publication company in 1937 and became a highly respected editor. Forsyth was an active member of the government, holding the position of the confederate peace commission during the Lincoln administration. Once the Civil War broke out, Forsyth was one of the main reporters documenting the tragedy that swept throughout the South. His articles covering the Civil War were some of the most reliable and influential news pieces during this era, awarding him the esteemed acknowledgement by the New York Times as the “most important Democratic editor of the South”. Forsyth played a predominant role in the development of the Mobile Register until his death in 1877.

John L. Rapier took over shortly after and expanded the company with faster printing presses, added more columns, and created a wider variety of topics. This increased the popularity of the newspaper and appealed to a wider audience. By 1910, the Register had yet another owner by the name of Frederick I. Thompson. This man had extensive experience in the publication industry, owning stocks and similar newspaper companies throughout the United States.

Then in 1929, Ralph B. Chandler began a competing newspaper company called the Mobile Press. For years, the two companies fought each other to gain favoritism of their Mobile citizens. In 1932, The Press purchased The Register and was later acquired by yet another owner named Samuel I. Newhouse. From that point forward, Newhouse worked to re-establish the company and hired new writers, new editors, and new reporters.

Known today as the Mobile Press Register, it is one of the most read newspapers in Alabama.

With full newspapers dating back to 1833, our Mobile Register newspaper archives include articles from some of the most influential time periods in American history. With just a name and a date, you can search our database of Mobile Press Register newspaper articles to help uncover your genealogy. Start searching today!

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