The Globe and Mail dates back only to 1936. However, it was established by combining two earlier dailies, the Mail and Empire and the Globe.
The Globe was founded in 1844 by George Brown and a group of like-minded Liberal Reformers. The new paper took off quickly.
Immediately popular among educated and business-oriented Torontonians, it was soon delivered to Hamilton and London by special trains. In 1882, a Women's Section was added, and soon afterwards, the inclusion of drawings and engravings made the paper attractive to advertisers. After 1900, with the words "Canada's National Newspaper" on the masthead, the Globe began to woo readers across the country.
The Mail and Empire was formed from two Conservative papers. The Mail began publication in 1872 and absorbed The Empire in 1895. By 1900, this daily had over 60,000 subscribers, as compared to almost 70,000 for the Globe.
In 1936, George McCullagh purchased both papers and combined them. As the flagship of FP Publications, it developed a strong Report on Business section, and was sold to the Thompson Corporation in 1980.
Though Toronto still gets its own edition, the Globe and Mail national edition is published across the country and reaches a million Canadian readers. It maintains journalists in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, it has developed a reputation as a "writer's newspaper" (think Michael Valpy or Jeffrey Simpson).