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St. Louis Post and Dispatch History

In a prospectus of December 13, 1878, young Pulitzer announced his objectives. He asserted that the Post and Dispatch would serve no party but the people, would follow no causes but its conclusions, and would not support the administration but criticize it. Furthermore, the platform pledged the paper to oppose all frauds and shams, to advocate principles and ideas rather than prejudices and partnership, and to print all news as accurately as thorough investigation could make it.

(From Bovard of the Post-Dispatch by James W. Markham, 1954).

Upon consolidation - the Post and Dispatch - he [Joseph Pulitzer] stamped his own peculiar and effective personality with the following editorial announcement: 
"The Post and Dispatch will serve no party but the people; will be no organ of 'Republicanism,' but the organ of truth; will follow no caucuses but its own convictions; will not support the 'Administration,' but criticise it; will oppose all frauds and shams, wherever and whatever they are; will advocate principles and ideas rather than predjudices and partisanship,. These ideas and principles are precisely the same as those upon which our government was originally founded, and to which we owe our country's marvelous growth and development. They are the same that made a Republic possible, and without which a real Republic is impossible. They are the ideas of a true, genuine, real Democracy. They are the principles of true local self-government. They are the doctrines of hard money, home rule and revenue reform."
After two weeks, the name was hyphenated - Post-Dispatch.
(From St. Louis, the Fourth City by Walter Barlow Stevens, 1911)