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Delaware State reporter. [volume] : (Dover, Del.) 1853-1859
Place of publication:
Dover, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Dover, Kent, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
G. Nicholson
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in 1859?
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 1, 1853)-
Weekly <Jan. 2, 1857>-
  • English
  • Delaware--Dover.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01214462
  • Dover (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 17 (Apr. 26, 1853).
sn 84020428
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Delaware State Reporter

The Delaware State Reporter was launched in Dover, Delaware, on March 1, 1853. Established by George W. S. Nicholson, who served as both proprietor and editor, the Delaware State Reporter was a Democratic newspaper. Published every Tuesday and Friday through 1856, it shifted to weekly publication in 1857.

The four-page newspaper consisted largely of political news, editorials, and advertisements. The Delaware State Reporter was staunchly anti-Prohibition and argued that it was the newspaper that "Every Democrat in Delaware should support, though small in money it would be of great service to the Entire Delaware Democratic Party." The Reporter included information related to Democratic meetings throughout the state, especially in Kent and Sussex counties, as well as official election polls for those counties.

The February 15, 1856 edition notes a publisher and editor change from Nicholson to Edward Potts and James Kirk. The latter went on to become editor of the Delawarean. This edition also stated that the Delaware State Reporter was the official paper for the publication of United States laws. On February 19, 1856, the editors published an editorial related to the anti-slavery violence in Kansas and wrote that "a civil war seems to be inevitable."

By November of 1856, George Nicholson was again listed as publisher and editor of the Delaware State Reporter. He continued as owner until August 1, 1859, when he sold the paper to William Sharp. The new owner continued the Delaware State Reporter for a just a few months, after which it ceased publication and its types and presses were sold in Philadelphia.

Provided by: University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE