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Hannah Bunce Watson

Hannah Bunce Watson (28 December 1749 – 27 September 1807)[1] was a newspaper publisher from the U.S. state of Connecticut, whose printed output supported the American Revolutionary War.[2] She was the first woman to become a newspaper editor in Connecticut, and one of the first in the United States.[1]


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She was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1994.[3]

In 1779 Watson married Barzillai Hudson, who took over her share of the printing business,[2] and in 1837 the Connecticut Courant became the daily Hartford Courant, which is today the largest daily newspaper in Connecticut.[5]

In January 1778, Tory supporters set fire to the mill that provided paper to the Courant, and Watson and Goodwin announced its imminent closure. The day after the fire, Watson and Goodwin printed a "half sheet" edition of the paper. Then "she and the widow [Sarah] Ledyard, co-owner of the mill, petitioned Connecticut's legislature...for a loan to rebuild the mill."[1] Within a day, the Connecticut General Assembly authorized the establishment of a state lottery to support the rebuilding of the mill, and the Courant maintained publication without interruption.[1]

The paper supplied battle descriptions from the colonies, news and analysis of Colonial and British home events, and criticisms of the British Parliament. Excluding advertising and short local items, the paper carried only nine non-political articles during this period.[4]

[2] and used the paper to support the war effort against the British.[3]

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