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Foy McNaughton is the president and CEO of the McNaughton newspapers, and put on the publisher’s cap at the Daily Republic in 1995. In 1960, his father (Dean McNaughton) bought a once-a-week newspaper called the Solano Republican. Later that year, distribution was increased to five times a week (Monday through Friday) and it was renamed the Daily Republic.
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The Daily Republic actually started out as two separate newspapers – The Solano County Herald and The Solano Press. The Herald began in Benicia and then moved to Suisun City in 1858. It is credited with being the first newspaper in the nation to editorially support Abraham Lincoln for president.
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In 1862, The Solano Press was created. Seven years after that, the Press and the Herald joined forces to become The Solano Republican.
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During the 1940s, The Solano Republican was located at 607 Main St. in Suisun City.
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The current home of the Daily Republic is 1250 Texas St., which was built –
– in 1940, and was originally occupied by Gillespie Cleaners prior to becoming –
– a newspaper plant.
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Today, the Daily Republic is a proud, family owned newspaper that truly is the jewel of Solano, having the largest circulation of all Solano County newspapers.
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