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The Indianapolis Bar Association was organized in 1878 with forty founding members. This number grew to three hundred by the 1920s. It was originally organized to provide a law library and reading room housed in the courthouse in order to serve its members. The organization also monitored the professional conduct of the bench and bar.
- "Indianapolis Bar Association." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.
The Indianapolis News, the city's oldest newspaper, was started on December 7, 1869 by John Hampden, a 23 year-old reporter. Because of its low price (only 2 cents an issue) and its simple layout it became popular with Indianapolis readers. The newspaper gained a circulation of 2,500 after only three months of publication and had also at this time taken over the Mirror, a weekly publication.
The newspaper was intended to be politically independent but was considered to be editorially conservative. In May of 1892, Holliday sold the newspaper was to William H. Smith.
- "Indianapolis News." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.