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In 1854 A. B. and J. C. Carlton founded the Bloomington News Letter as a Democratic publication. Howard Coe bought this paper in 1856 and re-established it as the Bloomington Republican, borrowing the name from an earlier failed newspaper.
Bowen, B.F.. History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1914) 300-301.