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Title:
The Hinton Republican. [volume] : (Hinton, W. Va.) 1882-????
Place of publication:
Hinton, W. Va.
Geographic coverage:
  • Hinton, Summers, West Virginia  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
1882-????
Description:
  • Began in 1882.
Frequency:
Weekly
Language:
  • English
Subjects:
  • Hinton (W. Va.)--Newspapers.
  • Summers (W. Va.)--Newspapers.
  • West Virginia--Hinton.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01224605
Notes:
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 9 (Mar. 2, 1882); title from caption.
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. 1, no. 44 (Dec. 28, 1882).
LCCN:
2016270563
OCLC:
1099573734
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The Hinton Republican

The Hinton Republican owed its existence to two experienced printers and editors: Richard Burke and Samuel Foster McBride. Although he once contemplated priesthood, Irish immigrant Burke instead pursued a career in the newspaper business. For many years Burke ran the Monroe County Register, which espoused Republican views. The Register frequently clashed with Monroe County's Democratic Border Watchman, even so far as to involve Burke in a duel with the Watchman's editor Elbert Fowler. In 1881, Burke ceased publication of the Register and moved to neighboring Summers County, where he opened the Hinton Republican as senior editor.

Joining Richard Burke at the Republican was Samuel Foster McBride, who served as the paper's junior editor. McBride learned the printing trade from his father Alexander McBride, editor of the Democratic Herald in Butler, Pennsylvania. McBride served in the Civil War, and afterwards followed his father into the printing business. He broke with his father's politics, however, and embraced the Republican Party.

As the title indicates, the Hinton Republican reflected the staunch Republican politics of both editors. Although local residents favored the Democratic party, the Republican's editors believed that improved organization within the local party could give Republicans a better chance at election. They denounced Democratic politics, particularly the party's willingness to cut taxes and slash funding for public services. The editors sparred with Hinton's Democratic newspaper, the Mountain Herald. Despite their strong investment in local politics, the editors paid relatively little attention to national politics or news. Instead, the Republican's pages were filled with local affairs, amusing anecdotes, advice columns, and advertisements.

The Republican ceased publication in 1882. A Republican paper in a thoroughly Democratic county, the paper struggled to make headway with readers. As the upstate Wheeling Register reported, "[Samuel McBride] published a bright, spicy paper, but the Republicans did not support it as it deserved and it was suspended." McBride's election as Hinton's postmaster likely contributed to the paper's closure. Richard Burke remained in the printing business, later operating the Valley Messenger and News in Greenbrier County.

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