The Connecticut Citizen


Connecticut Citizen, The, was a “weekly” newspaper published in Ridgefield. The first and only issue was Oct. 8, 1892. It said its aim was to “battle on behalf of the farmers, mechanics and laboring class of Western Connecticut in favor of lower tariff taxation, purer politics, and just state representation.” The Citizen backed Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson for president and vice president in that year’s election (Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison) and may have been backed by Melbert B. Cary, a wealthy Ridgefielder and a Democrat who was chairman of the Cleveland and Stevenson Campaign Club in Ridgefield and in 1902 ran for governor of Connecticut.  

Read the Connecticut Citizen at the Library of Congress.

Jack Sanders

By Jack Sanders

A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.