- It’s the newspaper in which George Washington placed an ad to lease part of his Mount Vernon land.
- It’s where Noah Webster’s “Blue-Backed Speller” was first published.
- Thomas Jefferson sued this newspaper for libel – and lost.
- And Mark Twain tried to buy stock in this paper but his offer was turned down.
“The Hartford Courant” is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United States. Printer Thomas Green started the weekly paper in 1764 and the first issue was released on October 29, 1764. To keep within the context of the time, this Connecticut paper was established 24 years before Connecticut became a state and before the United States declared, and was recognized as, a country.