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Arunah Shepherdson Abell

  • Birth 10 Aug 1806 East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Death 19 Apr 1888 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Plot Cedar Area, Lots 19-21
  • Memorial ID 2276

Journalist, Newspaper Publisher. Born and raised in Rhode Island, he founded the “Baltimore Sun” newspaper as a penny paper in 1837. Throughout the 19th century, Baltimore, Maryland had a number of newspapers, many of them were overtly partisan, such as the pro-Republican “Baltimore American”. Arunah's “Sun”, however, despite its origins as a penny paper, had, by the late 19th century developed into the newspaper of Baltimore's upper class. By 1864, Arunah was sole proprietor of the “Sun” and had sold his share in the “Philadelphia Public Ledger”, another newspaper he had founded. In his efforts to get news as quickly as possible, he made use of pony express, coaches, trains, ships, and even carrier pigeons. He established a new pony express route from New Orleans, Louisiana in conjunction with the publishers of the “New Orleans Daily Picayune”, during the Mexican-American War. Using this advancement, learned of the American victory at Veracruz, Mexico before officials in Washington DC, and he was the one to send the news o President James K. Polk. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the “Ledger” became the dominant newspaper for decades, but faded and ceased publication in 1942. In Baltimore, the “Sun” is still published seven days a week. Arunah died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 81.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2276
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arunah Shepherdson Abell (10 Aug 1806–19 Apr 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2276, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .