The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide Page: 34
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34 TIHE TEXAS ALMANAC
A. H. Belo Corporation--The Dallas Morning News
-The Dallas Journal-T e Semi-Wfeekly
Farm News-The Texas Almanac
A. H. Belo Corporation, publishers of The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas
(Evening) Journal, The Semi-Weekly Farm News and The Texas Almanac and
State Industrial Guide, is the oldest business institution in Texas. It dates from
the founding of The Galveston News at Galveston, Texas, April 11, 1842. This was
during the era of the Republic of Texas and under the second administration of
President Sam Houston The founder and original owner was George French. He
was succeeded after a short time by Wilbur Cherry, who in turn sold the business
to Willard Richardson.
Though Willard Richardson was not the founder, he may be regarded as the
first of the great publishers who have been responsible for the unbroken record of
the present A. H. Belo Corporation. Even under peace-time conditions the publi-
cation business was a precarious one under the Republic of Texas and during the
early period of statehood. There were many willing to enter the publishing busi-
ness, but few could meet operating expenses. Many newspapers sprang up, but most
of them were short lived, and with the coming of the Civil War the way became
doubly difficult for the pioneer publisher. Only one Texas newspaper continued
publication throughout this period. It was The Galveston News, which, due to the
resourcefulness of Richardson, maintained an unbroken record even though it was
necessary to remove to Houston for a short period during the occupation of Gal-
veston by Federal forces.
\With the close of the Civil War, Col. A. H. Belo, a North Carolinian, who had
served in the Army of the Confederacy, came to Texas and became associated with
the firm. This was,in 1865. In the years immediately following Robert G. Lowe,
D. C Jenkins and Thomas W. Dealey joined the organization. In 1874 G. B.
Dealey, now president of the corporation, entered the employment of The News as
an office boy. After Willard Richardson died in 1875, Col. Belo bought the interest
of the Richardson estate in the publication and changed the name from Richardson,
Belo & Company to A. H. Belo & Company.
Realizing that there would be great economic development in Northern Texas,
the company decided to enter that field with a daily newspaper, and on Oct. 1, 1885,
the first issue of The Dallas Morning News came from the press. On Nov 30, 1885,
the company bought and absorbed the Dallas Daily Herald. Thus The Dallas Morn-
ing News, published by the oldest business institution in Texas, is also the oldest
newspaper in Dallas.
When Col. Belo died in 1901, his son, A H. Belo Jr, succeeded him as executive
head of the company. The latter died in 1906, shortly after the passing of R. G.
Lowe and Thomas W. Dealey, and was succeeded by Mrs Nettie Ennis Belo as
president until her death in 1913, when C. Lombardi became president After the
death of Mr. Lombardi in 1919, G. B Dealey became executive head of the com-
pany, and he is now president of A. H. Belo Corporation which, in 1926, was or-
ganized from A. H. Belo & Company.
This new organization was effected for the purpose of bringing the control of
the Bela publications back into the hands of resident Texans. The Dallas Morning,
News and associated publications had been built up through the efforts of Texans,
but by reason of death of the founders and marriage and removal from Texas of the
heirs, ownership had fallen largely into hands of nonresidents of the State. Through
the reorganization the majority of the voting stock was acquired by G. B. Dealey,
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The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide, book, 1928~; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123786/m1/37/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.