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The oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States predates the country itself.
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The Hartford Courant was founded in 1764 as the Connecticut Courant and it became a pivotal news source during the Revolutionary War.
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The Hartford Courant has been in print for 256 years and touts itself as Connecticut's "preeminent news organization." The paper has two Pulitzer Prizes and was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.
Printer Thomas Green published the first issue of the Courant, which was a mere four pages long, while operating out of the Heart and Crown Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 29, 1764, according to Connecticut History.