Brunswick advocate. (Brunswick, Ga.) 1837-1839
Place of Publication:
- Brunswick, Glynn county
Dates of publication:
- Ceased in 1839?
- Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 8, 1837)-
- Brunswick (Ga.)--Newspapers.
- Georgia--Glynn County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01214157
- Glynn County (Ga.)--Newspapers.
- Editor: J.W. Frost, <1837>.
- Publisher: Charles Davis, <1839>.
Brunswick advocate. June 8, 1837
Brunswick, Georgia, experienced a brief economic boom in the 1830s as railroad and canal projects brought in outside investments. In this context of growth, Charles Davis and partner Short founded the Brunswick Advocate as Brunswick’s first local newspaper and published its inaugural issue on June 8, 1837. The Advocate was edited by J. W. Frost for part of that first year and circulated on a weekly basis. Both the Advocate’s prospectus and early editorials emphasized its advocacy for the town of Brunswick and did not focus on party politics. The paper regularly reported on the economic development of the town with a particular emphasis on the progress of the canal and railroad. Davis also covered local events such as the duel between disputing planters Dr. Thomas Hazard and John Armstrong Wylly, which Davis reported on in the Advocate’s December 6, 1838 issue. By 1839, depressed cotton and timber prices reduced local planters’ ability to continue financially supporting the canal and railroad projects. The failure of these ventures and the ongoing national recession sent Brunswick into a long-term economic recession, which forced Davis to cease publication of the Brunswick Advocate late in 1839.