Morning Star (19th-century UK newspaper)

For the daily newspaper published in Britain since 1966 under that name (founded in 1930 as The Daily Worker), see Morning Star (UK newspaper).
For other uses, see Morning Star (newspaper).

The Morning Star was a radical pro-peace London daily newspaper started by Richard Cobden and John Bright in March 1856.

The newspaper was edited by Samuel Lucas from 1859 until his death in 1865.[1] He had a financial stake in the paper, and as an "active managing partner" he succeeded in recruiting the Irish politician, historian and novelist Justin McCarthy and novelist Edmund Yates as contributors.[2] McCarthy succeeded Lucas as editor from 1865 until 1868. The final issue, with John Morley as editor, was on 13 October 1869.[3]

The Scottish novelist William Black briefly worked as a journalist on the paper in 1863–64.


1856: William Haly[1]
1857: John Hamilton and Henry Richard[1]
1858: Baxter Langley[1]
1859: Samuel Lucas[1]
1865: Justin McCarthy
1869: John Morley


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Martin Hewitt, The Dawn of the Cheap Press in Victorian Britain
  2. Taylor, Miles; Spencer, H. J. (2004), "Lucas, Samuel (1811–1865)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 5 January 2008 (subscription required)
  3. Hamer, David. "Morley, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35110. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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