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The Kentucky Gazette (1787-1840)

The Kentucky Gazette was the first paper established west of the Allegheny Mountains, founded by John and Fielding Bradford. The frontier paper focused on East Coast and International news, though some local announcements can be found. Later, the paper focused on disseminating opinions on politics and issues of concern on the frontier. When political parties emerged, the paper developed a Democratic (conservative at the time) bent. John Bradford handed the reins of the paper over to his son, Daniel Bradford, in 1802.

While still owned and occasionally edited by the Bradford family, the paper had several editors and publishers through the mid-1830s, when Daniel Bradford returned to the paper’s byline as editor. Daniel Bradford edited the paper until 1840, when he sold it to Jim Cunningham. The paper shuttered in 1848, due to Cunningham’s failing health, but was revived in 1866 and published until 1910 by different publishers.

The years 1841-1910 are not digitized as of January 2020, but are viewable on microfilm and in print in the Kentucky Room at Central Library. Selected articles are indexed in the Library’s Local History Index.

The Kentucky Room’s collection of The Kentucky Gazette is not complete. Here is a list of what’s missing from the digitized collection:

1788: April 5, May 31, September 20
1789: All of May
1790: August 9 – November 27, December 27
1791: April 2, July 30, All of August, September 3, 10, 24, October 1
1792: April 2, September 15 - November 17
1793: May 4, June 15, July 20
1794: May 24, June 21, August 9 – September 13
1795: March 21, August 29, September 5, 12, 26, October 17
1807: Entire Year
1808: Entire Year
1821: January 26, February 1, 9, 16, March 29, April 5, May 3, 17, 24, 31, All of June, July 5, 19, August 9, 23, 30, September 20, October 18-December 27
1822: Entire Year
1823: Entire Year
1824: Entire Year
1827: Entire Year
1828: Entire Year
1829: Entire Year
1830: Entire Year
1831: Entire Year
1832: Entire Year
1833: Entire Year
1834: Entire Year

 

Masthead of the Kentucky Gazette
Masthead of the Kentucky Gazette

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