The original Gazette was Indianapolis’ first newspaper, appearing on January 28, 1822, with Nathaniel Bolton as editor and publisher. Initially, the Gazette was issued at irregular intervals due to poor lines of communication between Indianapolis and the surrounding region. During these early years, the paper was politically neutral.

The yellowed front page of an old newspaper has "Indianapolis Gazette" at the top and several small articles and advertisements.
Indianapolis Gazette, Nov. 22, 1822 Credit: Indianapolis Gazette, Newspaper Archive View Source

On October 22, 1829, George L. Kinnard became editor and the name was changed to the Indiana State Gazette. Soon the paper took a pro-Democratic political stance by supporting the beliefs of Andrew Jackson. In March 1830, Alexander F. Morrison acquired Bolton’s interest and the paper became known as the Indiana Democrat And State Gazette. In the early 1840s, it was renamed the Indiana State Sentinel.

The second Gazette appeared in 1862 and was issued by Johnson H. Jordan, J. C. Burnett, and Company. This publication had formerly been the Indiana American and supported the Republican Party. In 1866, Jordan sold the paper to the Gazette Company, owned by Abraham Smith, J. H. Tilford, and E. W. Halford. The paper changed hands several times before Charles P. Wilder acquired it in 1867. The journal halted publication later that year.

The third Gazette was also a pro-Republican paper, founded in 1862 by Joseph A. Dynes and Company. The paper was terminated in the early 20th century after changing owners several times. A fourth Gazette, inaugurated by Elmer S. Lenz in 1966, survived for only two months.

Revised February 2021

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