Date Original

1846 May 29


This collection contains one issue of the Arkansas Democrat newspaper from May 29, 1846, vol. 1, no. 2.

Biographical/Historical Note

William E. Woodruff published the first edition of the Arkansas Gazette on November 20, 1819. Over the decades, the paper was bought and sold many times. In 1850, Woodruff regained control and combined it with the Democrat as the Arkansas State Gazette and Democrat. Later in the 1850s, under another owner, the name was shortened to the Arkansas State Gazette. The Gazette struggled during the Civil War, suspending publication from 1863 until May 1865. During Reconstruction, a competitor arose called by a variety of names, under a variety of editors and owners. In 1878, J.N. Smithee bought the newspaper and changed its name to the Arkansas Democrat. For many years, it was in competition with the Arkansas Democrat. The Arkansas Gazette published its final edition on October 18, 1991. The assets of the newspaper were sold to Walter E. Hussman, Jr., owner of the Arkansas Democrat. He renamed the paper the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Arkansas Democrat newspaper, SMC.OV.106


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Democrat newspaper, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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