Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton to Honor 200th Anniversary of the Arkansas Gazette on the Senate Floor TODAY

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) honored the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first newspaper in Arkansas, the Arkansas Gazette, which continues to be published today as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas’s senators marked the occasion with speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

“For 200 years, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has kept individuals informed about moments and events of significance in Arkansas, our country and the world. I congratulate the newspaper’s leaders and staff for pursuing facts and accountability as they have created and sustained the publication as a responsible and reliable source of information,” Boozman said.

“As ever, the Democrat-Gazette earnestly pursues stories in Arkansas for the benefit of Arkansans. It’s this proud local focus that has made the Democrat-Gazette a beloved institution in Arkansas—and that will sustain it in the years ahead,” Cotton said.

William E. Woodruff published the first edition of the Arkansas Gazette on November 20, 1819. In 1991, the Gazette was sold to the owners of the Arkansas Democrat who then launched the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.