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The Delaware leader. : (Laurel, Del.) 191?-19??
Place of publication:
Laurel, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Laurel, Sussex, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
  • English
  • Delaware--Laurel.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01225877
  • Laurel (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 9 (May 8, 1920).
sn 88053085
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The Delaware Leader

The Delaware Leader was launched sometime in 1917 in Laurel, Delaware. It was published every Saturday and was politically Republican in nature. Edwin Totten served as editor and publisher from the time of its founding through 1920. The Delaware Leader cost $1.50 per year or 3 cents per copy. With the motto, "Representing the Welfare of the People," the newspaper claimed to have the largest circulation in lower Sussex County, with 1,450 papers by 1920.

The Delaware Leader reported largely on local and state news, especially news of a political nature. The May 8,1920 issue, for instance, noted the passage of women's suffrage in the state Senate as well as reporting on accusations levelled against Governor John Townsend for attempting to prevent the re-election of County Chairman Elijah Lynch. The Leader also commented on the scarcity of farm labor, noting that higher wages in other industries drew workers away from farming and, consequently, that agricultural products would cost more.

There was a strong agricultural focus to the Delaware Leader. Articles addressed topics such as pruning peach trees, handling caterpillars and other pests, and medals awarded to corn growers. In addition, the Leader addressed the rising price of sugar, placing the blame on President Wilson's decision in the fall of 1919 to block the importation of Cuban sugar in an effort to regulate the postwar economy.

In addition to covering political and agricultural news, the Delaware Leader published serial novels and reported on state and county news, including the social and personal activities of citizens. The newspaper included a large number of advertisements, particularly for health items including Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compounds and Freezone Corn Remover.

It is unclear when the Delaware Leader ceased publication.

Provided by: University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE