When James W. Sheahan and Andre Matteson severed their connection with Times, on its sale to Cyrus H. McCormick, they at once made preparations to start a new Democratic newspaper, and on 25 December 1860, the Morning Post appeared. F. A . Eastman was business manager, Sheahan and Matteson editorial writers. It was not as successful as its founders had hoped, and in 1865, they sold out to the Republican Company, recently formed. The Post was a a straightforward Democratic paper. It favored the War for the Union, but opposed emancipation and the radical programme.