The North-China Daily News (August 3, 1850 - March 31, 1951) was a Shanghai-based English-language newspaper active from about 1850 until 1951. The newspaper was founded as the North-China Herald by the British auctioneer Henry Shearman (June 7, 1813 - March 22, 1856). They added a daily publication in 1864, the North-China Daily News. The Herald gained prominence as the official record of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan and the British Consulate. Following Shearman's death, the newspaper was run by a series of competent editors who maintained and increased its position of prominence, such that it became the most influential foreign-language newspaper in China. The newspaper was acquired by Henry E. Morriss in 1901 and in 1924 established a prominent new location, the North China Daily News Building, at Number 17, the Bund. In 1941, during World War II, the newspaper suspected publication. They Herald was never published again, but the Daily continued to be published until ordered to stop in March of 1951 by the Chinese Communist Party. Their offices at the North China Daily News Building were seized by the Shanghai Municipal Government of the People's Republic of China.