The Press: Raymond of the Times

In an unfinished Manhattan brownstone building, one September night in 1851, a slight, intent man of 31 sat writing swiftly by candlelight. His name was Henry Jarvis Raymond, and he was rushing to put out the first edition of a new daily newspaper. The news was thin: President Fillmore was touring New England, Jenny Lind was to sing in Rochester, elections were coming up in France. But when Raymond's four-page, 1¢ daily appeared next morning, it opened a new chapter in the history of U.S. journalism. That day the New York Times was born.

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