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144 Years of Blackburn Ownership


160 years ago on January 1st, 1853, Josiah Blackburn (1822-1890) took over the Canadian Free Press by buying the $500 mortgage held by James Daniell against the former owner, William Sutherland who had founded the weekly newspaper.  A few months after London attained city status, Josiah renamed his newspaper, the London Free Press, and launched it as a daily paper for the first time on May 5th, 1855.  On November 11th, 1890, Josiah passed away at the age of 68 in Hot Springs, Arizona, where he had gone, hoping to improver his health,  His son, Walter Josiah Blackburn (August 4, 1862 to January 1, 1920) , took over the newspaper upon his father's death.  The unbroken 144 year run of Blackburn ownership ended when Sun Media announced its purchase of the London Free Press on March 13th, 1997.   



Potrait of Josiah Blackburn black and white

A black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Josiah Blackburn.

Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada