245px|New York Herald Building (1908) by architect Stanford White
. It was demolished in 1921
The ''New York Herald'' was a large-distribution newspaper based in New York City
that existed between 1835 and 1924, when it was acquired by its smaller rival the ''New-York Tribune
'' to form the ''New York Herald Tribune
It ceased publication in 1966 after a prolonged and draining strike with its printers union; its European edition was jointly acquired by ''The Washington Post
'' and ''The New York Times
'', which renamed it the ''International Herald Tribune
''. The ''Times'' subsequently gained full control, publishing it today as ''The New York Times International Edition''.
'' magazine, created as the ''Herald Tribune''s Sunday magazine in 1963, was independently revived in 1968. It continues to publish today under this name.
The first issue of the paper was published by James Gordon Bennett Sr.
, on May 6, 1835.
The ''Herald'' distinguished itself from the partisan papers of the day by the policy that it published in its first issue: "We shall support no party—be the agent of no faction or coterie, and we care nothing for any election, or any candidate from president down to constable." Bennett pioneered the "extra"
edition during the ''Heralds sensational coverage of the Robinson–Jewett murder case
By 1845, it was the most popular and profitable daily newspaper in the United
In 1861, it circulated
84,000 copies and called itself "the most largely circulated journal in the world."
Bennett stated that the function of a newspaper "is not to instruct but to startle and amuse."
His politics tended to be anti-Catholic and he had tended to favor the Know-Nothing
faction. But he was not as anti-immigrant as the Know-Nothing party were. During the American Civil War
, Bennett's policy, as expressed by the newspaper, was to staunchly support the Democratic Party
. Frederic Hudson
served as managing editor of the paper from 1846 to 1866.
In April 1867 Bennett turned over control of the paper to his son James Gordon Bennett Jr.
. Under James Jr., the paper financed Henry Morton Stanley
's expeditions into Africa to find explorer David Livingstone
, where they met on November 10, 1871.
The paper also supported Stanley's trans-Africa exploration
. In 1879 it supported the ill-fated expedition of George W. De Long
to the Arctic
In 1874, the ''Herald'' ran the New York Zoo hoax
[Connery, T. B. (June 3, 1893)]
A Famous Newspaper Hoax
''Harper's Weekly'', p. 534
in which the front page of the newspaper was devoted entirely to a fabricated story of wild animals getting loose at the Central Park Zoo
and attacking numerous people.
On October 4, 1887, James Jr. sent Julius Chambers
to Paris, France
to launch a European edition. Bennett later moved to Paris, but the ''New York Herald'' suffered from his attempt to manage its operation in New York by telegram. In 1916 a Saturday issue of the paper reported that a major financier was found dead from poisoning; it added that in 1901 he was "mysteriously poisoned and narrowly escaped death."
In 1924, after James 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 the UK.
In 1966, the New York paper ceased publication after a lengthy and costly printers' strike. ''The Washington Post
'' and ''The New York Times
'' acquired joint control of the European edition, renaming it the ''International Herald Tribune
''. The ''IHT'', renamed ''The New York Times International Edition
'', is now wholly owned by ''The New York Times
When the ''Herald'' was still under the authority of its original publisher Bennett, it was considered to be the most intrusive and sensationalist of the leading New York papers. Its ability to entertain the public with timely daily news made it the leading circulation paper of its period.
The ''New York Evening Telegram'' was founded in 1867 by the junior Bennett, and was considered by many to be an evening edition of the ''Herald''. Frank Munsey acquired the ''Telegram'' in 1920, and ceased its connection to the ''Herald''.
*New York's Herald Square is named after the ''New York Herald'' newspaper.
*The New York Herald Building was designed by the prestigious firm of Stanford White, and completed in 1908. It occupied the north side of the square. At its top was a sculpture commemorating the Bennetts. The statue of ''Minerva, the Bellringers, and Owls'', by Antonin Carles, sounded every hour with bellringing.
*After the building was demolished in 1921 to make way for other development, the sculpture was installed on the north side of Herald Square, and the sound was stopped.
*The chorus of "Give My Regards to Broadway" includes the phrase "member me to Herald Square." North of Herald Square is Times Square, which is named after the rival ''The New York Times''.
* Porter Cornelius Bliss
* ''New York Herald Tribune'' (successor to the ''New York Herald'')
The New York Herald 1842-1920 Many Editions Digitized Online at The Library of Congress
Three months with the ''New York Herald'': or, Old news on board of a homeward ...
by John Henry Potter
Photographs and architectural sketches of the New York Herald Building
A winter evening in a crowded Herald Square at the New York Herald Building, oil on board painting
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