Arkell, W. J. (William J.), 1856-1930

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William J. Arkell (1860-1930) was an American publisher and journalist from Canajoharie, New York. His publishing company, founded by his father, owned and published Judge, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Demarest Magazine, and other popular American newspapers and magazines of the time.

The Judge was a weekly satirical magazine established in 1881 by former artists of the popular weekly Puck . Arkell purchased it in 1885 and used it in part to attack the Democratic administration of Grover Cleveland. Republican support boosted the magazine's circulation and by the early 1890s it reached 50,000. Cartoonists Eugene Zimmerman, Bernard Gillam, Art Young, Richard Outcault and James Montgomery Flagg were regular contributors.

Arkell sold his magazine interests in 1905 and moved from New York City to California, where he ventured into stock brokering and horse racing, organized the George Washington Coffee Company, and was active in politics. His brother, Bartlett Arkell, was founder of the Beech-Nut Packing Company and its president for 50 years.

[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from William J. Arkell's obituary in the New York Times, Dec 31, 1930, p. 18.]

From the guide to the William J. Arkell Collection, 1881-1894, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Levi P. Morton Correspondence, 1860-1912 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf William J. Arkell Collection, 1881-1894 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
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associatedWith Belmont, August, 1813-1890 person
associatedWith Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893 person
associatedWith Childs, George William, 1829-1894 person
associatedWith Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897 person
associatedWith Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928 person
associatedWith Drexel, Joseph Wilhelm, 1833-1888 person
associatedWith Elkins, Stephen Benton, 1841-1911 person
associatedWith Foraker, Joseph Benson, 1846-1917 person
associatedWith Gould, George Jay, 1864-1923 person
associatedWith Hill, David Bennett, 1843-1910 person
associatedWith Huntington, Collis P. (Collis Potter), 1821-1900 person
associatedWith Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899 person
associatedWith Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920 person
associatedWith New, John C. person
associatedWith Nye, Bill, 1850-1896 person
associatedWith Phelps, William Walter, 1839-1894 person
associatedWith Reed, Thomas Brackett, 1839-1902 person
associatedWith Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912 person
associatedWith Sloan, Samuel, 1817-1907 person
associatedWith Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1843-1899 person
associatedWith Vanderbilt, William Kissam, 1849-1920 person
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Birth 1856

Death 1930

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