Texas Almanac, 1952-1953 Page: 18
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Home of The Dallas Morn nj News.
The Dallas Morning News and Associated Enterprises
The institution that publishes The Dallas
Morning News completed its 109th year of
continuous existence on April 11, 1951.
Its beginning was in the establishment of
The Galveston News, April 11, 1842. It was
in the era of the Republic of Texas. Sam
Houston was President. Galveston had a
population of about 1,500; the Republic not
more than 125,000.
The founder of the new publication at
Galveston was colorful Samuel Bangs, soldier
of fortune, printer and editor, who had at
one time belonged to the forces of Jean
Lafitte, the privateer, who maintained head-
quarters on Galveston Island from 1817 to
1821. The paper started ambitiously as a
daily, but soon dropped to a weekly schedule.
In 1865 a daily edition was permanently
Bangs soon sold the paper and, after a
swift succession of ownerships, it passed into
the hands of the first of three men whose
overlapping lives guided The News along its
path of destiny for more than a century.
These men were Willard Richardson. 1844-
1875; A. H. Belo, 1865-1901, and George
Bannerman Dealey, 1874-1946. With the death
of Mr. Dealey in 1946, he was succeeded by
his son, E. . (Ted) Dealey. who is now
executive head of the institution.
Willard Richardson came to Texas from
South Carolina, where he had been reared
and educated, though he was a native of
New England. It was Richardson's industry,
ingenuity, perseverance and, above all, his
faith in the future of Texas. that carried
The Galveston News through a series of
vicissitudes that brought bankruptcy to near-
ly all of its earlier contemporaries in the
At best newspaper publishing on the fron-
tier of that day was hazardous business. The
War Between the States broke when The
News was in its nineteenth year. Galveston
was captured by United States forces in
1862 and The News was forced to issue from
Houston where its difficulties were increased
by the burning of its temporary building.
After the war, it returned to its island home
but faced the dark years of Reconstruction.
Throughout this period The News was a
powerful force for sustaining morale of the
people. The last of Richardson's many virile
editorial campaigns was conducted just be-
fore his death in 1875, directed at "the re-
demption of Texas from the thief and the
A. H. Belo.
In 1865. shortly before The News returned
from Houston to Galveston, Col. A. It. Belo,
late of the Confederate Army, arrived in
Texas from North Carolina, and joined its
staff. Like Richardson, Belo came to Texas
because he had the vision of its future
It was this faith that sustained Richardson
in his valiantly successful effort to keep
the publication alive during the dark era of
war and Reconstruction. It was a similar
faith and vision that caused Belo to look up
across the vast expanse of Texas, realize its
greatness, and start The News on the first
step of progress and expansion that has
continued until today. The Dallas Morning
News was established by The Galveston
News, beginning Oct. 1, 1885.
George Bannerman Dealey.
It was in connection with the establishment
of The Dallas News that the third of the
three men mentioned above, George B.
Dealey, had his first big opportunity to
demonstrate his capability. The son of an
immigrant from England, he had landed at
Galveston, with the remainder of the family,
at the age of eleven, and a few years later.
on Oct. 12, 1874, got a job as office boy for
Messrs Richardson and Belo. His industry
and alertness caused Colonel Belo to send
him to North Texas for the survey which
led to the establishment of The Dallas News.
and to make him business manager of the
new enterprise when it began publication.
In 1894 he was made general manager of
The Dallas News which had grown to rival
the mother publication. After the death of
A. H. Belo Jr. in 1906, he became vice-presi-
dent and general manager of the company,
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