GEORGE WILLIAM HASTINGS, the President of the Republic Printing Company, was born in Lisbon, Conn., on the 13th
of January, 1827. He was the son of Oliver and Lemira (Bushnell) Hastings. He came, at an early age, to Cincinnati,
Ohio, and, having been thrown on his own personal resources, for a livelihood, he became the architect of his own
fortunes. He was, for several years, in his younger days, a resident of Oberlin, Ohio, where he learned the art
of printing in the office of the Oberlin Evangelist, and, in the course of time, met and married Miss Candace L.
White, from Niagara Falls, N. Y., in the spring of 1848. He went thence to Cleveland, Ohio, and worked in the office
of the true Democratic newspaper, now known as the Cleveland Leader. From Cleveland he went to Cincninati, and
from Cincinnati, in 1852, came to Springfield, purchasing here a printing establishment. In the spring of 1854,
he commenced the publicatoin of a journal known as the Dollar Weekly Nonpareil, and during the year following issued
the paper as a daily, and it has been so issued, continuously, ever since. Subsequently the paper became known
as the Daily News, and Mr. C. M. Nichols became associated with him in its ownership and publication. In February,
1865, Messrs. Hastings & Nichols purchased the Tri Weekly Republic, and the paper was known as the News and
Republic, and afterward and permanently as the Republic, the concern absorbing, in the course of its career and
history, successively, the Daily Telegram, the Daily Advertiser and the Daily Times. The firm of Hastings &
Nichols was finally succeeded by an incorporated organization known as the Republic Printing Company, which now
exists and owns the Republic building on Main street, and carries on a general publishing, printing and binding
business, and owns and conducts the business of the Republic Wrapping Paper Mills, at Enon, seven miles southwest
of Springfield. Mr. Hastings has three daughters and one son. By industry, honesty, perseverance and close attention
to business, he has acquired not only a fair fortune, but an honorable fame. His influence on soceity has been
most wholesome; every just cause and interest has found in him an advocate and supporter.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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