BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER
The Boston Daily Advertiser was the first daily newspaper in Boston, founded in 1813 and purchased in 1914 by journalist Nathan Hale (1784-1863). Under his editorship, it became an influential newspaper, shifting from Federalist, to Whig, to Republican during its run. The War of 1812 strongly affected newspapers. The question of entry into the war stimulated partisan comment. Newspapers invested in a newly invented power press that could print eight-hundred copies per hour to allow for more frequent and rapid press runs. In his debut editorial for the Boston Daily Advertiser, Hale wrote in 1817: “One of the peculiar traits [of Americans] is the insatiable appetite which exists in all classes of people in this Country for news. It is ... so universal that it has given rise to a salutation ... ‘What’s the news?’ (Adapted from: Jamison, David L.: Newspapers and the Press. Visit our Contextual Essays section for the full version).