The Globe

City: Washington

State: DC

The Globe was the house organ of the Democratic Party from 1830 to 1845. In the late spring of 1830, President Andrew Jackson decided to replace Duff Green's United States Telegraph as the official mouthpiece of his administration with another newspaper. He turned to Amos Kendall to establish the paper, and Kendall secured Frank P. Blair Sr., former editor of Argus of Western America, as the editor. Blair launched the Globe on December 7, 1830. The newspaper was an immediate sensation; it was a readable, popular publication that idealized democracy and celebrated Andrew Jackson as a symbol of republican virtue. Democratic newspapers across the country reprinted Blair's editorials, and the paper solidified Jackson's control of the nascent Democratic Party. In 1832, John C. Rives went to work with Blair. His political sarcasm fueled the paper's partisan bent. The newspaper thrived on anti-Whig politics and political conflict between Whigs and Democrats. The publication's power waned, however, during John Tyler's presidency, and the last issue appeared on April 30, 1845.

Elbert B. Smith, "Blair, Francis Preston," American National Biography, ed. by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 2:910-11; Olive Hoogenboom, "Rives, John Cook," American National Biography, 18:571-72; Robert V. Remini, Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (New York: Harper & Row, 1981), 291-99.