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The state Democrat. [volume] : (Aberdeen, South Dakota) 1890-190?
Place of publication:
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Geographic coverage:
  • Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased with vol. XI, no. 1 (1900)?
  • English
  • Aberdeen (S.D.)--Newspapers.
  • Brown County (S.D.)--Newspapers.
  • South Dakota--Aberdeen.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01217118
  • South Dakota--Brown County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01212831
  • "Official Paper of Brown County."
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from: State Archives, South Dakota State Historical Society.
  • Description based on: Vol. IX, no. 1 (August 26, 1898); title from masthead.
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. X, no. 52 (August 17, 1900).
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The State Democrat

The Aberdeen State Democrat was a six-column, eight-page weekly published on Fridays in the city of Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota. Charles C. Fletcher and Edward J. Searle operated the Democrat as publishers and proprietors, with Fletcher serving as editor. The Democrat had a clear party affiliation and would often publish articles bashing Republican politics, especially in regards to the debate over the gold versus silver monetary standard. The Democrat also heavily covered local and national elections and strongly supported proponents of silver and bi-metalism.

The Spanish-American war was another noteworthy topic covered by the Democrat. South Dakota had sent its state militia to fight in the Philippines, but issues arose over the length of their stay. When their terms of enlistment ended and the troops were not sent home, Governor Andrew Lee wrote to President William McKinley demanding their return. His letter was effective and also caused a stir throughout the nation. When the Aberdeen troops finally returned to their heroes' welcome, they were accompanied by President McKinley, and the Democrat was there to report on the first visit of an American President to South Dakota.

In addition to its strong political coverage, the Aberdeen State Democrat also included local news and gossip, short stories, and a special column for its junior readers. By 1900, the State Democrat had become the official paper of Brown County. Between August 1900 and March 1903, it was renamed the Aberdeen Democrat, with George B. Daly as editor.

Provided by: South Dakota State Historical Society – State Archives