Boston Chronotype

City: Boston

County: Suffolk

State: Massachusetts

Founded by Elizur Wright in 1846, the Boston Chronotype was an independent newspaper that became renowned for its devotion to anti-slavery, tariff elimination, spelling reform, women's rights, and other political and social issues. Envisioned as an organ for the Liberty Party, Wright almost immediately shifted its allegiance to the Free Soil Party. Wright edited the paper, and he and his partners published a daily edition plus a weekly edition. Wright continued to edit and publish the paper from its first edition in February 1846 until December 1850, when a group of Free-Soil leaders purchased it and merged it with the Commonwealth.

John Ernest, ed., Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown Written by Himself (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008), Appendix B, 171; The Boston Directory: Containing the City Record, A General Directory of the Citizens, A Special Directory of Trades, Professions, &c. An Almanac from July, 1849, to July, 1850 (Boston: George Adams, 1849), 40; Lawrence B. Goodheart, Abolitionist, Actuary Atheist: Elizur Wright and the Reform Impulse (Kent, OH and London: Kent State University Press, 1990), 127-34.