Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911

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Birth 1847-04-10
Death 1911-10-29

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American newspaper publisher; owner of the New York World.

From the description of Joseph Pulitzer letter to [S.E.] Moffett [manuscript], no year January 23. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647998660

Jopseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Dispatch and The New York World.

From the guide to the Pulitzer Papers, 1883-1936, 1885-1912 (bulk), (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

Journalist and U.S. representative from New York. Born Józef Politzer.

From the description of Joseph Pulitzer papers, 1880-1924. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80692054

Biographical Note

  • 1847, Apr. 10: Born József Politzer, Makó, Hungary
  • 1864: Emigrated with family to New York; enlisted in the Union Army
  • 1872: Purchased the St. Louis Post
  • 1878: Merged the newly founded St. Louis Dispatch with the St Louis Post into the St Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 1883: Purchased the New York World
  • 1887: Founded the Evening World (New York)
  • 1911, Oct. 29: Died, Charleston, S.C

From the guide to the Joseph Pulitzer Papers, 1880-1924, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biographical Note

  • 1885, Mar. 21: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1904 - 1906 : Attended Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1907: Joined staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 1910: Married Elinor Wickham (died 1925)
  • 1912 - 1955 : Editor and publisher, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 1918: Accepted by the United States Navy for ground service in naval aviation
  • 1926: Married Elizabeth Edgar
  • 1945: Made inspection trip of German concentration camps and published A Report to the American People. [St. Louis], a collection of articles on his trip to Germany
  • 1947: Distinguished service to journalism award, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Mo.
  • 1951: Purchased the St. Louis Star-Times
  • 1955, Mar. 31: Died, Clayton, Mo.

From the guide to the Joseph Pulitzer Papers, 1897-1958, (bulk 1925-1955), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was an American poet and social reformer.

Julia Ward Howe was born on May 27, 1819 in New York City, the daughter of a prominent banker. She married social reformer Samuel Gridley Howe in 1843. She was a poet, and is best known for writing the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." She was also a social reformer, and was particularly interested in abolition, pacifism, and women's suffrage. Together with her husband she edited the Boston Commonwealth, an anti-slavery newspaper. Howe died on October 17, 1910 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) was a Hungarian American newspaper publisher.

Joseph Pulitzer was born Politzer József on April 10, 1847 in Makó, Hungary. He emigrated to the United States in 1864, and served in the cavalry during the Civil War. In 1868 he took a job as a reporter for the Westliche Post in St. Louis, Missouri, and soon was elected to the state legislature. He then moved into newspaper publishing, purchasing the St. Louis Dispatch and the St. Louis Post in 1879 and merging the papers to form the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 1883 he purchased the New York World newspaper, where he engaged in yellow journalism publishing in a circulation war with William Randolph Hearst. Pulitzer died on October 29, 1911 on his yacht in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina.

From the guide to the Julia Ward Howe letter to Joseph Pulitzer, 1906 September 12, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Epithet: US newspaper proprietor

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