R 171
2018 -- H 8062
Enacted 04/05/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Kennedy, Azzinaro, Shekarchi, Morgan, and Price
Date Introduced: April 05, 2018

     WHEREAS, The Westerly Sun is a distinguished and award-winning newspaper
covering the communities of Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, South Kingstown, and
Westerly, Rhode Island, and Groton, North Stonington, and Stonington, Connecticut; and
     WHEREAS, The Westerly Sun was founded on August 7, 1893 and was guided by its
first publisher, the Honorable George H. Utter, who went on to serve as the Secretary of State,
Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Rhode Island. He was also elected to the Rhode Island
Senate and the Rhode Island House of Representatives and served as Speaker in 1889. Mr. Utter
was a Seventh-Day Baptist who observed the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunrise Sunday, and
that was why The Westerly Sun, at that time, was the only newspaper in the nation that printed its
Sunday newspaper in the afternoon; and
     WHEREAS, On the fateful morning of December 7, 1941, World War II came to the
United States when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On the East Coast, it was in the
afternoon, and that's how The Westerly Sun became the first newspaper in the United States to
print and report the attack on Pearl Harbor; and
     WHEREAS, Word of the attack had reached President Francis Delano Roosevelt at 1:40
p.m. Eastern Standard Time and the news was announced from the White House at 2:22 p.m.
Word of the attack came to The Westerly Sun newsroom when Katherine Utter, the wife of then-
editor and publisher Ben Utter, heard about the event on the radio and immediately called the
newsroom. City Editor C. Starr Baker then called the Associated Press to gather as much
information as he could and composed the headline that announced the attack, the first such
newspaper headline in the United States, thereby making history for The Westerly Sun and the
State of Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, Throughout its distinguished 125 year history, The Westerly Sun has
enlightened and educated the local community while always adhering to the strictest journalistic
principles. Hopefully the communities of Southern Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut will
continue to be informed and enriched by The Westerly Sun for another 125 years; now, therefore
be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby joyously celebrates the 125th Anniversary of The Westerly Sun and
thanks them for the high-quality journalism they provide to the Southern Rhode Island
community on a daily basis; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. David Pare, Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer of The Westerly Sun.