About the Gazette
The New Hampshire Gazette is an eight page newspaper published 26 times a year, on alternating Fridays. It is distributed for free in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the surrounding towns of Dover, Durham, Exeter, Newmarket, Rochester, and Somersworth, and by subscription from coast to coast.
The Gazette was founded on October 7, 1756 by Daniel Fowle, the state’s first printer. Daniel, whose only children had died as infants, left the paper to his partner and former apprentice, John Melcher when he died on June 4, 1787. Over the next two centuries the paper changed hands two dozen times. By 1810, when Isaiah Thomas’s History of Printing was published, The New Hampshire Gazette had become “the oldest newspaper printed in New England.” In 1839 The New Hampshire Gazette became The Nation’s Oldest Newspaper,™ when The Maryland Gazette, founded in 1745, expired.
In this video the current editor, Steve Fowle, who is Daniel Fowle’s third cousin, five times removed, explains how he acquired The New Hampshire Gazette in 1989.