Stead, W. T. (William Thomas), 1849-1912

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Birth 1849-07-05
Death 1912-04-15

Biographical notes:

Epithet: newspaper editor

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000688.0x0000aa

British journalist, editor, and publisher; founded the periodical Review of reviews in 1890.

From the description of W. T. Stead letters : to Mrs. McKinstry, 1898 Apr.-Sept. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 173260187

British journalist; editor of the "Pall Mall Gazette"; founder of "The Review of Reviews"; travelled widely for social justice causes; nominated for the first Nobel Peace Prize.

From the description of Papers of W.T. Stead, 1897, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 50201410

English journalist; editor of the Pall Mall gazette and founding editor of the Review of reviews.

From the description of Correspondence, 1850-1912 (bulk 1884-1903). (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122490316

William Thomas Stead was born in 1849 in Northumberland, England. As a journalist and editor he was an influential advocate of political and social reform, a champion of Cecil Rhodes, and a supporter of peace campaigns. He died in 1912 on the voyage of the Titanic.

From the description of William Thomas Stead papers, 1889-1909 (inclusive), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122501352

William Thomas Stead was a controversial British journalist, editor, and social reformer, known for his sensational exposes. Born in Northumberland and largely educated at home, he became editor of the Darlington Northern Echo in 1871. He turned the paper into a formidable platform for his many causes, and in 1880 went to London as co-editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, where his sensational campaigns made him one of the most powerful newspapermen in England. His innovative use of "new journalism" techniques was influential and successful. He also pioneered a series of affordable editions of his exposes and classic works. Stead was lost at sea when the Titanic sank; many eyewitnesses reported seeing him leading women and children to the safety of the lifeboats.

From the description of W. T. Stead letters, pamphlets, and newspapers, 1878-1910. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 79637163


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