Born in Maysville, KY, in 1821, Walter N. Haldeman was educated at Maysville Academy. When he was sixteen years old, he moved to Louisville and by the time he was twenty-two he had purchased a failing newspaper called the Daily Dime which he transformed into the Morning Courier. Under Haldeman's supervision, the newspaper became quite successful, and though his pro-Confederate views compelled him to leave the state during the Civil War, he returned afterwards and became one of the most important newspaper publishers of late-nineteenth century America. In 1868, Haldeman consolidated his control over Louisville's press by merging the Morning Courier with the Louisville Journal and the Louisville Democrat under the editorial control of the fiery Henry Watterson. Watterson served as editor for fifty years and brought national recognition to the already successful publication. Haldeman married Elizabeth Metcalfe in 1844 and had five children. He died on May 13, 1902 and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.
From the description of Walter Newman Haldeman papers, 1841-1900. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 319610320