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- The Dallas Morning News traces its origins to The Daily News in Galveston, which was born on April 11, 1842, in a one-room unpainted shack, three years before the Republic of Texas was admitted to the Union. On that date, George H. French and his brother-in-law, Samuel Bangs, an itinerant printer from Boston, Mass., began publishing a four-page, 8 ½ x 12-inch newspaper. Two years later, Willard Richardson was hired as editor, and in 1845, he bought controlling interest in the paper. In the decade and a half before the Civil War, Richardson built The Galveston Daily News into the largest, wealthiest and most influential newspaper in Texas.
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