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Georgia express. (Athens, Ga.) 1808-1809

 

Title:

Georgia express.

Place of Publication:

Athens, Ga.

Geographic coverage:

  • Athens, Clarke county

Publisher:

McDonnell & Harris

Dates of publication:

1808-1809

Description:

  • Began with Mar. 14, 1808 issue.
  • -v. 2, no. 60 (July 15, 1909).

Frequency:

Weekly

Languages:

  • English

Subjects:

  • Athens-Clarke County (Ga.)--Newspapers.
  • Georgia--Athens-Clarke County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01255999

Notes:

  • Also on microfilm: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Libraries.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 13 (Aug. 6, 1808).

LCCN:

sn88054105

OCLC:

20241662

Georgia express. August 6, 1808

About

Athens, incorporated in 1806, received its first printing office when Reverend John Hodge purchased a printer from Philadelphia and attempted to start a religious and literary newspaper. Due to Hodge’s poor health, he sold the printing press to associate printer, Alexander McDonnell. Alexander McDonnell, along with co-owner Elias Harris, created Athens’ first newspaper on March 14, 1808, with the weekly Georgia Express. In July, 1809, the paper’s masthead read Foreign Correspondent and Georgia Express as the owners began incorporating foreign news reports and expanded the size of the publication. Elias Harris sold his shares of the newspaper to McDonnell, and McDonnell would be sole owner and editor until he brought on Xenophon Gaines in 1811 as an assistant editor. The Express continued until 1814 when McDonnell entered into business with former newspaper editor John Hodge to found the Athens Gazette.