In Pontiac and other small towns across the country, the second half of the 19th century was a time of great journalistic enterprise. In Pontiac alone, two and occasionally three, newspapers competed for the readers' attention and patronage. Often different newspapers openly espoused the platform and ideas of a particular political party. The Pontiac Sentinel was started in 1857 by Phillip Cook and William Gagen, and was Republican in its political outlook. The Sentinel continued in publication under a series of owners until just after 1900. Copies of the early issues remain available on microfilm at The Daily Leader office and the Pontiac Public Library.
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