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What is the oldest newspaper in the US?

August 4th

Saturday_evening_post_1903_11_28_aAugust 4, 1821 — The first issue of The Saturday Evening Post was published today, making it the oldest newspaper in the United States.

The weekly publication was four pages long and included articles on current events, editorials, human interest pieces, humor, illustrations, a letter column, poetry, and single-panel gag cartoons.

In one of the Post’s earliest issues, a current event article read:

“The President of the United Sates, by his Proclamation, dated the 10th instant, agreeable to the conditional power invested in him by an act of Congress, announce the Admission of the State of Missouri into the Union.”

The Saturday Evening Post is still alive and well. View the current issue here.

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I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.

— Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

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