New York Herald

New York Herald
New York Herald
New York Herald Building 1895; demolished 1921 .jpg
New York Herald Building (1895) by architect Stanford White was demolished in 1921.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Publisher James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
James Gordon Bennett, Jr.
Founded 1835
Ceased publication 1924
Headquarters Manhattan
Circulation 84,000 (1861)

The New York Herald was a large distribution newspaper based in New York City that existed between May 6, 1835, and 1924.



The first issue of the paper was published by James Gordon Bennett, Sr., on May 6, 1835. By 1845 it was the most popular and profitable daily newspaper in the United States.[1] In 1861, it circulated 84,000 copies and called itself "the most largely circulated journal in the world." [2] He stated that the function of a newspaper "is not to instruct but to startle."[2] Bennett's politics tended to be anti-Catholic and he had tended to favor the Know-Nothing faction though he was not particularly anti-immigrant as they were. During the American Civil War, it was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. Frederic Hudson served as managing editor of the paper from 1846-1866.

Under Bennett's son, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the paper financed Henry Morton Stanley's expeditions into Africa to find David Livingstone, where they met on November 10, 1871.[3] The paper also supported Stanley's trans-Africa exploration, and in 1879 supported the ill-fated expedition of George W. DeLong to the arctic region.

On October 4, 1887, Bennett Jr. sent Julius Chambers to Paris, France to launch a European edition. Following Bennett Jr.'s move to Paris, the New York Herald suffered from his attempt to manage its operation in New York by telegram. In 1924, after Bennett Jr.'s death, the New York Herald was acquired by its smaller rival, the New York Tribune, to form the New York Herald Tribune. In 1959, the New York Herald Tribune and its European edition were sold to John Hay Whitney, then the U.S. ambassador to Britain. In 1966 the New York paper ceased publication. The Washington Post and the New York Times acquired joint control of the European edition, renaming it the International Herald Tribune. Today, the IHT, now owned entirely by the New York Times, remains an English language paper, printed at 35 sites around the world and for sale in more than 180 countries.

The electrotyping department of the New York Herald in 1902.
Rows of linotype machines in the composing room of the Herald in 1902.

When the Herald was still under the authority of its original publisher, Bennett, it was considered to be the most invasive and sensationalist of the leading New York papers at the time. Its ability to entertain the public with timely daily news made it the leading circulation paper of its time.

Evening Telegram

The New York Evening Telegram was founded in 1867 by the junior Bennett, and was said to be considered to be an evening edition of the Herald. Frank Munsey acquired the Telegram in 1920, which ceased its connection to the Herald.[4]


New York's Herald Square is named after the New York Herald newspaper; in the north side of the square there is a sculpture commemorating the Bennetts. The statue of Minerva, the Bellringers and Owls by Antonin Carles, which originally graced the New York Herald building rang every hour until it was moved to Herald Square. North of Herald Square is Times Square, which is named after rival The New York Times.


  1. ^ James L. Crouthamel (1989). Bennett's New York Herald and the Rise of the Popular Press. Syracuse University Press. "The finished four-page Herald with its circulation of twelve thousand was in 1845 the most popular and profitable daily newspaper in the United States. Its niche was so secure that its success seemed almost inevitable. But Bennett was fifty years old, and his success had come very late, after many years of apparent failure. ..." 
  2. ^ a b Carl Sandburg (1942). Storm Over the Land. Harcourt, Brace and Company. p. 87. 
  3. ^ John Carey (March 18, 2007). "A good man in Africa ?". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2007-11-15. "His quest to find David Livingstone was financed by his paper, the New York Herald. Nothing had been heard of the great explorer since the previous year, when he was somewhere on Lake Tanganyika." 
  4. ^ (12 February 1927). The Telegram Sold to Scripps-Howard, The New York Times

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