Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia) Newspaper Archives (1792 - 2003)
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Augusta Chronicle Archives
Our Augusta Chronicle archives include full publications from 1792 to 2003 ranging from Augusta obituaries to Civil War articles, to daily news and notable announcements. Whether you’re searching for a specific family member or just beginning your search where your family roots began, use our online collection to find insights into your family history. With just a quick and simple search, you can discover the missing pieces to your family tree with our Augusta Chronicle historical archives.
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History of The Augusta Chronicle Newspaper:
Starting in 1785, The Augusta Chronicle's is one of the oldest newspapers in the United States, and is still in production today. Originally known as The Augusta Gazette, this Georgia-based editorial documented local Georgian news, as well as historic national events. The paper had a diverse number of editors, providing a rich resource of different perspectives of daily life during key moments of American History. The opinions of separatists, Whig party members, and supporters of the confederacy were all voiced at some point in the publications.
Greenberg Hughes founded The Augusta Gazette, which was renamed The Georgia State Gazette in 1786 and . but within its first year, the company was bought by John Erdman Smith. Until his death in 1803, Smith served as the main editor for The Augusta Gazette, which was then taken over by Dennis Driscoll. Over the next 30 years, the company would be owned by various editors and the voice to differing perspectives.
During the Civil War era, Nathan Morse became editor and owner of the newspaper. To many during this time, Morse was a controversial candidate whose beliefs significantly differed from the southern supremacy ideology. After his death, The Augusta Chronicle had circulated through many owners yet again. Finally in 1945, William S. Morris acquired the company and it has been in the Morris family ever since.
With a diverse and sometimes controversial editorial, old Augusta Chronicle newspapers may hold valuable insights of your family history. Search by name, keyword, or dates to start tracing your ancestors.