Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869

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Birth 1820-01-24
Death 1869-06-18

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American journalist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, 1850 Dec. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616358

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, 1848 Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616356

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to President Lincoln, 1864 May 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616354

American journalist and politician.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Burlington, Vermont, to Harper & Bros., 1847 July 20, 1853 Jan. 4, [no year] Mar. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616360

Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869), an American journalist and politician, was the first editor of the New York Times.

He founded the New-York Daily Times in 1851 with George Jones. Raymond was also a member of New York's Whig and Republican parties and active in state and national politics. During his political career, he was an assemblyman and later speaker of the New York State Assembly, lieutenant-governor of New York, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

From the description of Henry J. Raymond papers, 1840-1951 (bulk 1846-1869). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431668

Henry J. Raymond was a New York politician and the first editor of the New York Times. He founded the New-York Daily Times in 1851 with George Jones .

Between 1841 and 1851, Raymond worked for various newspapers, including Horace Greeley's New York Tribune and James Watson Webb's Courier and Enquirer, as a journalist and associate editor. He had known George Jones since their time at the Tribune and the two had often discussed the possibility of starting a newspaper themselves. In 1851 Raymond convinced Jones and Wesley to become his partners and publish a new paper that would report the news in an neutral manner. The Times was to fall between the sensationalism of James Gordon Bennett's New York Herald and the idealism of Greeley's Tribune. Raymond was the editor, Jones the publisher, and Wesley the business manager.

During this time Raymond was also a member of New York's Whig and Republican parties and active in state and national politics. Throughout his political career, he served as an assemblyman, speaker of the assembly, lieutenant governor of New York, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. He died in 1869.

Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869), an American journalist and politician, was the first editor of the New York Times. He worked for various New York City papers before founding the New York Daily Times (later the New York Times) in 1851 with George E. Jones and Edward B. Wesley. Raymond's political career started when he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1849. He was elected speaker of the Assembly in 1851, lieutenant-governor of New York in 1854, and member of Congress in 1864. His books included works about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

Sources

Brown, Francis, Raymond of the Times. New York : W. W. Norton & Company,1951.

Davis, Elmer, History of the New York Times, 1851-1921. 1921. Reprint, St. Clair Shores, Mich. : Scholarly Press, 1971.

Dictionary of American Biography, s.v. "Raymond, Henry Jarvis."

From the guide to the Henry J. Raymond papers, 1840-1951, 1846-1869, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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