Older, Fremont, 1856-1935

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Editor-in-chief and President of the San Francisco Call Bulletin.

From the description of Scrapbook of editorials, 1932-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122553238

Biography

Fremont Older was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, August 30, 1856. He began his journalistic career as a printer's devil in his home state in 1869. At the age of 16 he went West and worked as a printer for various newspapers in California and Nevada, and then in San Francisco as a reporter, and eventually as city editor of the Morning Call. From 1894, when he became editor of the San Francisco Bulletin, he steered the destiny of the paper for 24 years, engaging in fight after fight to break the political grip of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the State, to clean up San Francisco, and to expose injustice, crime and corruption. The most spectacular of Older's campaigns against political corruption was his report of the graft prosecution of Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz and political boss, Abe Ruef, in 1906. In 1917, Older undertook the last great fight of his career -the freeing of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings. He became convinced that the two men had been convicted on perjured testimony and came out flatly in the Bulletin with the accusation that they had been framed. Advised by the owners of the paper to drop the case, Older resigned and accepted William Randolph Hearst's invitation to come to his newspaper, the San Francisco Call, and bring the Mooney case with him.

In 1929, at the age of 73, he became editor and president of the Call-Bulletin, a merger which had been accomplished with Hearst's purchase of the moribund Bulletin. Older died of a heart attack on March 3, 1935.

From the guide to the Fremont Older Papers, 1907-1941, (The Bancroft Library.)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972. Papers of Warren K. Billings, 1899-1973 (bulk 1920-1939). Library of Congress
creatorOf Older, Fremont, 1856-1935. Scrapbook of editorials, 1932-1935. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Ralph Chaplin papers, 1909-1948. University of Michigan
referencedIn William Kent family papers, 1768–1961 Yale University Library
creatorOf Fremont Older Papers, 1907-1941 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Kent, William, 1864-1928. William Kent family papers, 1768-1961. Yale University Library
referencedIn Wells, Evelyn. Evelyn Wells papers, [ca. 1935-1963]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Warren K. Billings Papers, 1899-1973, (bulk 1920-1939) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Heney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph), 1859-1937. Francis Joseph Heney correspondence on microfilm. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Charles Caldwell Dobie Papers, [circa 1905-1943] Bancroft Library
creatorOf Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Papers, 1909-1948. University of Michigan
creatorOf Nicholson, Antoinette Wheeler. Antoinette Wheeler Nicholson letters : regarding the suffrage movement and against capital punishment, 1912-1940. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Duffus, R. L. (Robert Luther), 1888-1972. Robert L. Duffus papers, 1923-1970. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Lissner, Meyer, b. 1871. Meyer Lissner papers, 1903-1923 (bulk 1910-1920). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Older, Fremont, Mrs., 1875-1968. Cora Miranda Baggerly Older diaries : mss., 1915-1965. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn American authors collection, 1832-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Older, Fremont, Mrs., 1875-1968. Cora Miranda Baggerly Older scrapbook materials, 1900-1965. California Historical Society
referencedIn James B. and John J. McNamara Papers, 1905-1961, 1905-1961 University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library
creatorOf Barry, John D. (John Daniel), 1866-1942. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1923-1929. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977. Bruce Bliven papers, 1906-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1864-1947. John O'Hara Cosgrave papers [manuscript], [1906?] 1907, 1910, undated. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Douglas Tilden Papers, 1860-1970 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. Melville Best Anderson papers, 1926-1930. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Dobie, Charles Caldwell, 1881-1943. Charles Caldwell Dobie papers, circa 1905-1943. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Older, Fremont, 1856-1935. Fremont Older papers, 1907-1941. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Meyer Lissner Papers, 1903-1923 (inclusive), 1910-1920 (bulk) Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944. Papers of C. E. S. Wood, 1829-1980 (bulk 1870-1940). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Harry Weinberger papers, 1915-1944 Yale University Library
referencedIn Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn William Kent family papers, 1768-1961 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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associatedWith Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. person
correspondedWith Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972. person
associatedWith Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977. person
associatedWith Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. person
associatedWith Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1864-1947. person
associatedWith Dobie, Charles Caldwell, 1881-1943. person
associatedWith Duffus, R. L. (Robert Luther), 1888-1972. person
associatedWith Heney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph), 1859-1937. person
associatedWith Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. person
associatedWith Kent, William, 1864-1928. person
associatedWith Lissner, Meyer, 1871-1930 person
associatedWith Lissner, Meyer, b. 1871. person
correspondedWith McNamara, James B. (James Barnabas), 1882-1941 and McNamara, John J., 1876-1941 person
associatedWith Nicholson, Antoinette Wheeler. person
associatedWith Older, Fremont, Mrs., 1875-1968. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Podesta, Evelyn Wells, person
associatedWith San Francisco (Calif.). Call Bulletin. corporateBody
correspondedWith Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935 person
associatedWith Weinberger, Harry, 1888- person
associatedWith Wells, Evelyn. person
associatedWith Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944. person
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California--San Francisco
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Birth 1856-08-30

Death 1935-03-03

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