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This Day in History - 12.9.2011

First Daily Newspaper in New York Stands Against Early French Influence

By Alexis Meier

On December 9, 1793, The American Minerva was first published.  Founded by Noah Webster, The American Minerva was the first daily newspaper in New York. It was a pro-federalist newspaper created to combat French influences on American media. The paper contained letters defending the Jay’s Treaty. The Jay’s Treaty was a treaty to resolve issues left between the U.S. and Britain after The Treaty of Paris of 1783. The name American Minerva was short lived. Following a series of name changes, which included the Commercial Advertiser and New York Globe, the paper was purchased in 1923 by Frank Munsey and merged into the New York Sun.