On May 24, 1870, the St. Louis Missouri Republican office was “destroyed by fire, the loss being estimated at one hundred and eighty thousand dollars…the eight-cylinder Hoe press was destroyed, together with the type and fixtures, but a four-cylinder Hoe press was protected in a fire-proof vault and saved, so that the paper was only forced to suspend publication for a single day” (History of St. Louis City and County), and the Republican continued its role as an influential daily newspaper.
The lineage of the Missouri Republican, published between 1869 and 1873, can be traced back to Missouri’s first newspaper, the Missouri Gazette, begun in St. Louis by Joseph Charless in 1808. The paper was published under various titles until eventually becoming The St. Louis Republic in 1888; it was published with this title until 1919 when it was sold to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Digital images of the Missouri Republican were created through a partnership with the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the St. Louis Public Library, and the State Historical Society of Missouri. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library and supports the Society’s longstanding commitment to preserve and provide access to Missouri’s newspapers.
Explore additional years of the St. Louis Missouri Republican in these digital collections:
St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1860
St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1861-1869
St. Louis Republican, 1873-1876