The Hartford Courant is the country's oldest newspaper in continuous publication, making it older than the nation. The paper started as a weekly paper in 1764 by a printer, Thomas Green. Thomas was able to keep The Courant afloat by selling clothing, stationary, hardware and spices out of a store in front of the newspaper office. Thomas then sold the paper to Ebenezer Watson who was his assistant. Ebenezer ran the paper successfully until 1777, when he passed from smallpox. Watson's widow, Hannah, took over the paper and became the first woman publisher in America.
During the Revolutionary War, The Courant had the largest circulation of any newspaper in the colonies. Existence of the Courant was important to the war effort and when the paper mill burned down, which is believed by Tories, the Connecticut legislature authorized a lottery to raise money to build a new mill. While the mill was being rebuilt, the paper printed a few issues on wrapping paper.
The Hartford Courant is currently owned by Tribune Company, a Chicago based media company with operations in paper, radio and interactive ventures.
The Hartford Courant carries history and a wealth of knowledge through its continuous work and staff to bring headlines directly to our readers.