In 1838, Samuel Medary purchased the Western Hemisphere newspaper of Columbus, Ohio. He changed the paper's name to the Ohio Statesman. Medary was a former schoolteacher from Batavia, Ohio. He had also served a term in the Ohio legislature and another in the Ohio Senate. He was a devoted member of the Democratic Party. Medary used the Ohio Statesman to endorse the Democratic Party's candidates and to build support for its policies. Medary became an important spokesperson for the Democratic Party in Ohio. He served as the editor of the Ohio Statesman until 1857.