Granite State Stories: New Hampshire’s oldest newspaper

  • A copy of the first issue of the New Hampshire Gazette, printed by Daniel Fowle (1715–87) in Portsmouth, Oct. 7, 1756, “the beginning of Printing in this Province.” Courtesy of N.H. Historical Society

Published: 1/6/2017 5:12:46 PM

The first New Hampshire newspaper, the New Hampshire Gazette, began publication in Portsmouth in October 1756.

Although sometimes cited as the first newspaper in the country, Boston, Connecticut, and Maryland all had newspapers published earlier. However, the Gazette was the first newspaper to be published in New Hampshire.

Printer Daniel Fowle of Boston was encouraged to open the printing office both by the influential men of Portsmouth and the provincial government, all of whom were enthusiastic about having a New Hampshire-based media outlet.

Prior to the opening of Fowle’s printing office, most news and books in New Hampshire were printed in Boston. The New Hampshire Gazette is still in print today, making it the oldest continually published newspaper in the United States.

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