by Theresa Hessey, DDNP staff
The Clayton Herald represents a unique aspect of Delaware history. Possibly the only Delaware newspaper to be founded by a woman, the Clayton Herald was established by Mrs. R. S. McConaughy in 1867 with the motto, “Independent in Everything, Neutral in Nothing”.
Published every Saturday, the Clayton Herald included McConaughy’s editorials addressing national and local politics in addition to a variety of other topics. A Republican newspaper, the Clayton Herald opposed Andrew Johnson and in the August 17, 1867 edition of the paper, McConaughy wrote about the removal of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton by “that renegade A. Johnson”. She also expressed concern that “If Andy Johnson is still to have the control of affairs, God alone can tell what is in store for us. We tremble for the future of our country.”
The Clayton Herald is not currently available on Chronicling America, but stay tuned for it to be included by the end of 2017!