Dennis, Charles Henry, 1860-1943

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Chicago newspaper editor.

Born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1860, Charles Henry Dennis was a newspaperman all his life. After graduation from the University of Illinois, he began his career as a reporter and in 1882 joined the staff of the Chicago Daily News which was owned by Melville Stone and Victor F. Lawson. When Lawson became sole owner of the News in 1891, he made Dennis the managing editor of the morning edition known as the Chicago Record. When that newspaper was sold in 1901, Dennis became associate editor and chief editorial writer of the Daily News, where he continued to be Lawson's chief editorial assistant until Lawson's death in 1925. After the Daily News was bought by Walter A. Strong in 1925, Dennis continued as editor until he retired in 1934. For forty years Dennis wrote and/or edited important editorials for the Daily News, and he was particularly influential in organizing and managing American commentators and correspondents in major foreign news areas, such as Edward Price Bell, John T. McCutcheon, Edgar Mowrer, Paul Scott Mowrer, LeRoy T. Vernon, and Junius B. Wood. Dennis was the author of two books, Eugene Field's Creative Years (1924) and Victor Lawson, His Time and Work (1935). He belonged to many clubs, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Press Club of Washington, D.C., received two honorary degrees, and was greatly esteemed by his associates. Married twice, Dennis had four children. He died in Evanston, Illinois, in 1943.

From the description of Charles H. Dennis papers, 1868-1942, (bulk 1885-1929). (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 56879028

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associatedWith Ade, George, 1866-1944. person
associatedWith Baker, Ray Stannard, 1870-1946. person
associatedWith Bell, Edward Price, 1869-1943. person
associatedWith Binder, Carroll, 1896-1956. person
associatedWith Chicago Daily News, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Field, Eugene, 1850-1895. person
associatedWith Fuller, Henry Blake, 1857-1929. person
associatedWith Hansen, Harry, 1884-1977. person
associatedWith Lawson, Victor Freemont, 1850-1925. person
associatedWith McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Moderwell, Hiram Kelly, 1888-1945. person
associatedWith Mowrer, Edgar Ansel, 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Mowrer, Paul Scott, 1887-1971. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Flaherty, Hal, 1890- person
associatedWith Rice, Wallace, 1859-1939. person
associatedWith Robb, Walter, b. 1880. person
associatedWith Taylor, Graham, 1851-1938. person
associatedWith Vernon, LeRoy T. person
associatedWith Vernon, Leroy Tudor person
associatedWith Vernon, Leroy Tudor. person
associatedWith Wood, Junius Boyd, 1877- person
correspondedWith Wright, Paul Randall, 1876-1965. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Syndicates (Journalism)
Foreign correspondents
Newspaper publishing
Foreign news
Newspaper editors
Manuscripts, American
Spanish--American War, 1898


Birth 1860

Death 1943



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SNAC ID: 36952335