A history of The Daily Record
Edwin Warfield of Howard County starts The Daily Record on Oct. 2, price 2 cents, with offices at 124 E. Fayette St. Among the lawyers’ names on the Court of Appeals docket in the first issue: William L. Marbury Sr. and Richard M. Venable. Because of other business interests and political ambitions, Edwin Warfield quickly relinquishes hands-on control of the paper to his brother, John.
Warfield runs for governor on the Democratic ticket and is elected. Serves until 1908.
Great Fire of Baltimore, Feb. 7. Paper’s offices reduced to ashes. It rents temporary space at 321 St. Paul Street and continues to publish without missing an edition.
John Warfield, Edwin’s brother, succeeds him as president of The Daily Record.
St. Paul Street building sold to city, which razes it to widen the street. Newspaper moves to four-story rowhouse at 15 E. Saratoga, its current location.
Edwin Warfield Sr. dies, leaving an estate worth more than three quarters of a million.
Edwin Jr. succeeds John as president of The Daily Record. Salary: $2,500. Paper is now a broadsheet.
The Daily Record buys its next-door neighbor at 11 E. Saratoga Street to expand its office and printing space. Façade is by Henry A. Knott & Co.
Circulation reaches 2,300 daily, 70 percent delivered by carrier. Sixty percent of subscribers are lawyers. Company has 32 full-time and 5 part-time employees.
Office space expands again with construction of three-story addition at rear.
After years of printing legal and other records with no real attempt at news coverage, The Daily Record on a typical day now runs a summary of national and international news, plus syndicated court coverage and articles on insurance. Realty transactions take up almost an entire page.
Frederick D. Godman starts working for The Daily Record as a part-time newspaper carrier. With time out for military service, he will work for the paper until his retirement as senior vice president in 2012.
Edwin Warfield Jr. dies. One day later, Edwin Warfield III, a World War II veteran who had set his heart on a military career, walks into the offices of The Daily Record, sits in his father’s chair, and takes over the running of the company. Frank T. Wallace helps Warfield find his feet and is rewarded with the post of president of the company – the first non-Warfield to hold it, until his death in 1955.
Edwin Warfield III elected to the House of Delegates from Howard County.
Warfield appointed adjutant general of Maryland, in charge of the state’s National Guard, a post he holds until his retirement in 1979.
Edwin Warfield IV joins company. By 1988, paper changes from one primarily devoted to legal notices to one with a mix of staff-written news articles, local columns and cultural reviews. Some features, such as short capsules on personnel moves, are recognizable today. Circulation: 3,800.
Company launches Warfield’s, a glossy magazine with an emphasis on business coverage, which 10 years later becomes the basis of the substantial business coverage in today’s Daily Record.
Presses move from Saratoga Street to 1414 Key Highway, their current location. The Daily Record begins publishing once again as a tabloid. Supplements and special publications proliferate, on everything from health care to construction.
Dolan Media Co. (now The Dolan Company), future owner of The Daily Record, is formed by Jim Dolan in Minneapolis.
Warfield family sells The Daily Record to Dolan, ending 106 years of family ownership. Dolan names Richard H. Groves publisher.
The Daily Record starts Top 100 Women, a publication and event honoring the achievements of influential women in Maryland.
Christopher A. Eddings takes over as publisher, emphasizing the news side of the business, bringing color to the news pages and modernizing the presses.
The Daily Record launches its first website.
Maryland’s Top 100 Women moves to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as event attendance grows to nearly 1,000. The event has been held there ever since.
The Baltimore County edition of The Daily Record debuts. It will later merge with The Daily Record.
Leadership in Law awards event begins.
In honor of the Ravens’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXV, The Daily Record runs its first-ever sports section.
Innovator of the Year awards event begins.
The Daily Record celebrates its 115th anniversary at The Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Edwin Warfield III is named to the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s Hall of Fame.
The Daily Record sends out its first email blast. The company will later send out emails for breaking news as well as newsletters targeting real estate professionals and lawyers.
The Daily Record launches Maryland Lawyer, a weekly section for lawyers in the state. It will merge with The Daily Record in 2013.
Influential Marylanders awards event begins.
The Daily Record wins a National Newspaper Association award as the best newspaper of its size in the nation.
Suzanne E. Fischer-Huettner is named The Daily Record’s first woman publisher. The announcement is made during the first Leading Women awards, which honor women 40 years of age or younger who have already made outstanding contributions in their fields.
Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards begin. The Daily Record launches InfoPoint, a searchable database for new incorporations, construction bids, contracts and real estate transactions.
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. presents The Daily Record with a proclamation to honor its rich, 125-year history of providing business and legal news to Maryland.