State: District of Columbia
The Washington Union originated in May 1845 in the aftermath of James K. Polk's victory in the presidential election of 1844. Understanding the importance of having a newspaper sympathetic to his administration, Polk wanted to replace the Washington Globe, the official organ of the Jackson and Van Buren administrations, with a new newspaper. Polk was uniquely equipped for this task, having established the
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