The Press: Merger in Richmond

Last week, after nearly 26 years, Richmond's newspaper history completed a full circle. Negotiations were afoot to bring the Times-Dispatch and the News Leader under one management, as they were in 1914 when the Bryans owned them.

The Bryan family moved up to Virginia from Georgia before the Civil War, married well, prospered, got into the newspaper business. When Joseph Bryan died, he left Richmond's morning paper, the Times-Dispatch, to his sons. In 1909 Son John Stewart Bryan bought Richmond's evening paper, the News Leader. Five years later he sold the Times-Dispatch.

The Bryans...

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