Famous 19th Century Editors

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 1 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois.
Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

 2 H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken.
Birthdate: September 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died: January 29, 1956

H. L. Mencken was an American journalist, cultural critic, essayist, satirist, and scholar of American English. His reporting on the Scopes Trial earned him national recognition. The trial came to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial as Mencken had nicknamed it Monkey Trial in accordance with his satirical reporting of the trial.

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 3 Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg.
Famous As: Writer & Editor
Birthdate: January 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22, 1967

Carl Sandburg had begun working since age 11 and been employed in various odd jobs, such as a truck driver, a harvester, and a brickyard hand, before being part of the Illinois Infantry. The two-time Pulitzer-winning poet and biographer late also won a Grammy for his recording of Lincoln Portrait.

 4 Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Homer, Ohio, United States
Died: June 9, 1927

Victoria Woodhull was an American politician, suffragist, and writer who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement. She is credited with founding Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, America's first newspaper to be founded by a woman. Her life and career inspired the Broadway musical Onward Victoria. In 2001, she was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 5 Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Writer
Birthdate: January 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greeneville
Died: April 22, 1965

 6 William Tappan Thompson

William Tappan Thompson
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1812
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ravenna, Ohio, United States
Died: March 24, 1882

 7 Bret Harte

Bret Harte.
Famous As: Author & Poet
Birthdate: August 25, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Died: May 5, 1902
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 8 Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis
Famous As: Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist
Birthdate: November 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: March 7, 1957

 9 Francis P. Blair

Francis P. Blair
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 12, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Died: October 18, 1876

 10 Henry Jarvis Raymond

Henry Jarvis Raymond
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Livingston County, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1869

 11 Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang.
Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic
Birthdate: March 31, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Selkirk
Died: July 20, 1912

Best known for his collections of folklore, fairy tales, and legends, Scottish author and Merton College fellow Andrew Lang was also an avid historian and anthropologist who coined the term psychical research. His The World of Homer and his translations of Homer’s works remain invaluable to Homerian students.

 12 Dwight L. Moody

Dwight L. Moody
Famous As: Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist, Hymnwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northfield
Died: December 22, 1899

Dwight L. Moody was an American publisher and evangelist. He is credited with founding the Moody Church which went on to become the most well-known religious outreach of its kind. He gave up his lucrative shoe business to focus solely on revivalism. He played an important role in the Civil War, working with the United States Christian Commission of YMCA.

 13 Sarah Josepha Hale

Sarah Josepha Hale
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: October 24, 1788
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 30, 1879

 14 Elijah Parish Lovejoy

Elijah Parish Lovejoy
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albion, Maine, United States
Died: November 7, 1837

 15 William Worrall Mayo

William Worrall Mayo
Famous As: Chemist, Politician, Gynaecologist, Editor
Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salford
Died: March 6, 1911

Part of the renowned Mayo family of doctors of the U.S., William Worrall Mayo played a key role in establishing the Mayo Clinic. He and his two sons built the St. Mary’s Hospital, along with the Sisters of St. Francis, after the deadly tornado of 1883 destroyed Rochester.

 16 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kvikne, Norway
Died: April 26, 1910

 17 Robert R. McCormick

Robert R. McCormick
Birthdate: July 30, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 1, 1955

 18 Eugene Field

Eugene Field
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 2, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 4, 1895

 19 Norman Angell

Norman Angell.
Famous As: British Journalist & Author
Birthdate: December 26, 1872
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England
Died: October 7, 1967

 20 Henry Mayhew

Henry Mayhew
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 25, 1812
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 25, 1887

 21 Nikolay Nekrasov

Nikolay Nekrasov
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nemyriv, Ukraine
Died: January 8, 1878

Russian poet Nikolay Nekrasov established himself as a successful businessman before stepping into writing. He bought and developed the magazine Sovremennik, or The Contemporary. Most of his poems, such as Red-Nosed Frost, spoke about the misery of the peasant class. He also introduced the dramatic monologue to Russian literature.


 22 Charles Brockden Brown

Charles Brockden Brown
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 17, 1771
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 1810

 23 Johann Most

Johann Most
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: March 17, 1906

 24 C.P. Scott

C.P. Scott.
Famous As: Former Editor of 'The Guardian'
Birthdate: October 26, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset
Died: January 1, 1932

 25 Anton Diabelli

Anton Diabelli
Famous As: Music Publisher
Birthdate: September 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mattsee, Austria
Died: April 7, 1858

 26 Malcolm Cowley

Malcolm Cowley.
Famous As: Novelist & Poet
Birthdate: August 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Died: March 27, 1989

 27 James Anthony Froude

James Anthony Froude
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: April 23, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dartington, England
Died: October 20, 1894

James Anthony Froude was an English novelist, biographer, and historian. He also contributed as an editor for Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. Froude was often counted among the best-known historians of his time. A controversial personality, Froude's writings were often polemical which earned him many outspoken opponents.

 28 George Jean Nathan

George Jean Nathan
Famous As: Journalist, Film critic, Writer
Birthdate: February 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: April 8, 1958

 29 Elizabeth Peabody

Elizabeth Peabody
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: May 16, 1804
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Billerica, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 3, 1894

 30 Arthur Brisbane

Arthur Brisbane
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: December 25, 1936

 31 Francis H. Underwood

Francis H. Underwood
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 12, 1825
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Enfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 7, 1894

 32 Isaac Mayer Wise

Isaac Mayer Wise
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: March 29, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Steingrub, Czechoslovakia
Died: March 26, 1900

 33 Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich.
Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: November 11, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: March 19, 1907

 34 Abraham Cahan

Abraham Cahan
Famous As: Writer, Politician, Novelist, Autobiographer, Editor
Birthdate: July 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: August 31, 1951

 35 William Wetmore Story

William Wetmore Story
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 12, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1895

 36 Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor
Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: October 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, England
Died: July 12, 1880

Tom Taylor was an English biographer, dramatist, critic, and public servant. He also contributed as an editor for the popular British weekly magazine, Punch. His best-known playwright work Our American Cousin has gained historical significance as Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 while watching this particular play.

 37 Joseph Medill

Joseph Medill
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 6, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint John, Canada
Died: March 16, 1899

 38 Marcus Clarke

Marcus Clarke
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 2, 1881

Marcus Clarke was a 19th-century English-born Australian novelist, journalist, poet, editor,  and playwright. His novel For the Term of His Natural Life is considered a classic of Australian literature and has been adapted into many plays and films. He became a major literary figure at a young age but was plagued by numerous issues, leading to his early death.  

 39 Robert Smith Surtees

Robert Smith Surtees
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 17, 1805
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: County Durham, England
Died: March 16, 1864

 40 Leopoldo Alas

Leopoldo Alas
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zamora, Spain
Died: June 13, 1901

Nineteenth-century Spanish literary critic Leopoldo Alas gained fame for his paliques and his liberalism. A qualified lawyer, he taught law and political economy at the University of Oviedo throughout his life. His notable works include his novel La regenta and his short story collections such as El gallo de Sócrates.

 41 William Jackson

William Jackson
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: March 9, 1759
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Died: December 17, 1828

 42 Phoebe Palmer

Phoebe Palmer
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1807
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 2, 1874

 43 Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis

Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: August 7, 1813
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, New York, United States
Died: August 24, 1876

 44 İbrahim Şinasi

İbrahim Şinasi
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 5, 1826
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: September 13, 1871

 45 Edmund Malone

Edmund Malone
Famous As: Scholar and editor
Birthdate: October 4, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 25, 1812

 46 Jacques-Paul Migne

Jacques-Paul Migne
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 25, 1800
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Flour, France
Died: October 24, 1875

 47 Alexander Chalmers

Alexander Chalmers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: December 29, 1834

 48 Louis Veuillot

Louis Veuillot
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 11, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boynes, France
Died: March 7, 1883

 49 Anne Newport Royall

Anne Newport Royall
Famous As: Travel writer
Birthdate: June 11, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: October 1, 1854

 50 John Ramsay McCulloch

John Ramsay McCulloch
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 1, 1789
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whithorn, Scotland
Died: November 11, 1864