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Holden, William Woods (1818-1892) Semi-weekly standard. [Vol. 14, no. 47 (August 19, 1864)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05959.23.14 Author/Creator: Holden, William Woods (1818-1892) Place Written: Raleigh, North Carolina Type: Newspaper Date: 19 August 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 63.5 x 46.5 cm.

Official Report by Mosby, Shelling of Atlanta, Latest News from Richmond.
Missing front and back page. War news includes reports from various battle fronts. An editorial examines the local conservative paper in terms of recent election results and peace efforts. This issue contains poetry and fiction commentary. A few articles discuss results of the blockade on Southern ports.

The Standard was established in 1834 by Philo White, a New Yorker who had come to North Carolina in 1820 and first worked as editor of the Western Carolinian, a strong Jacksonian paper. His political friends later urged him to start another newspaper, the Standard, which became an important Democratic paper. In November 1835 White employed Nathaniel O. Blake as a printer. In 1836 White sold the paper to Thomas Loring, of Massachusetts, a Democrat unsatisfactory for local Democratic leaders. In 1842 William Woods Holden (1818-1892) purchased the paper from Loring.

Holden, a native of Hillsborough, North Carolina, had learned the trade of the press when he worked as an apprentice at the offices of the Hillsborough Recorder. He attempted unsuccessfully to start the Oxford Kaleidoscope and Southern Republican in 1837, and later moved to Raleigh to work for the Raleigh Star. The Standard quickly became a popular, successful paper under Holden's leadership as a reform-minded, becoming the Democratic voice in North Carolina. Holden employed John Spellman, a renowned writer and printer. In 1850 the Standard announced a semi-weekly edition of its paper.

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