The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, published its very first edition on this day in 1846. Scottish businessman Andrew Reid had settled in Cambridge, MA a few years earlier, witnessing the city’s demand for a news publication. Taking advantage of Cambridge being home to the first printing press in the American colonies, Reid scrambled to develop his first newspaper. Over the next few decades, Boston developed a competitive newspaper industry, slowly eclipsing The Cambridge Chronicle’s circulation. More than 160 years later, The Cambridge Chronicle is still published weekly and serves almost 20 percent of the city’s households.
“This is what really happened, reported by a free press to a free people. It is the raw material of history; it is the story of our own times.” —
Henry Steel Commager