In 1861, it circulated 84,000 copies and called itself "the most largely circulated journal in the world." Bennett's politics tended to be anti-Catholic and he had tended to favor the "Know-Nothing faction though he was not particularly anti-immigrant as they were.
He stated that the function of a newspaper "is not to instruct but to startle.
On October 4, 1887, Bennett Jr. launched the Herald 's European edition in Paris, France. Following Bennett Jr's move to Paris, the New York Herald suffered from his attempt to manage its operation in New York by telegram. In 1924, after Bennett Jr.'s death, the New York Herald was merged with its bitter rival, the New York Tribune, to form the New York Herald Tribune. In 1959, the New York Herald Tribune and its European edition were sold to John Hay Whitney, the then U.S. ambassador to Britain. In 1966 the New York paper ceased publication, and the Washington Post and the New York Times acquired joint control of the Paris paper, renaming it the International Herald Tribune. Now owned 100% by the New York Times, the paper remains an important and influential English language paper, printed at 26 sites around the world and for sale in more than 180 countries.
When the Herald was still under the authority of its original publisher Bennett, it was considered to be the most invading and sensationalist of the leading New York papers at the time. Its ability to entertain the public with timely daily news made it the leading circulation paper of its time.