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Daily enterprise. : (Wilmington, Del.) 1858-18??
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Bonsall, Atwell & Mason
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 3, 1858)-
Daily (except Sun.)
  • English
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 88053078
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Daily Enterprise

Founded in late 1857 and published by Bonsall, Atwell, and Mason, the Daily Enterprise first appeared on April 3, 1858. It served as an attempt to establish a permanent daily newspaper in Wilmington, Delaware. As its population began to increase, the publishers of the Daily Enterprise believed that city could support a daily newspaper. Previously, the information needs of the community had been served by numerous semi-weekly papers.

Henry Bonsall acted as editor. He was originally from Philadelphia, but information on the other publishers is unknown. According to noted Delaware historian Thomas Scharf, the Daily Enterprise did not last a full week; however, at least thirteen issues were apparently published. The newspaper appeared every day except for Sunday and was available for subscription. It included national news received via telegraph as well as local news, advertisements, and local amusements. As with other newspapers at the time, the Daily Enterprise published poetry and local market prices for grain, cotton, and other goods.

Housed on the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Wilmington, the newspaper cost one cent. It is unclear when or why the Daily Enterprise ceased publication, although no other attempt at publishing a daily newspaper in Wilmington was made until 1866 with the Daily Commercial. Following the failure of the Daily Enterprise, Henry Bonsall moved to New Jersey where he successfully launched the Camden Daily Post in 1875, serving as its editor until his death in 1900.


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