Journal of Commerce

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Journal of Commerce


The Journal of Commerce began on September 1, 1827, as a newspaper covering a range of business topics including banking, commodities, insurance, energy and transportation. It was started by a group of upstanding New York businessmen, including Arthur and Lewis Tappan, wealthy silk merchants and prominent abolitionists; and Samuel B. Morse, an artist who invented the telegraph. The journal owned two schooners that it used to get "scoops" from ships entering New York harbor. The Journal supported free trade and because of the Tappan brothers' abolitionism, kept the case of the Amistad rebellion in the public eye. Today, it is a weekly newsmagazine and a breaking-news website that emphasizes international trade and logistics.


Leach, Peter T. "Turning Back the Years." The Journal of Commerce.