Famous 19th Century Editors

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W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
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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.

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Ali Kemal
(Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919)
Ali Kemal
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Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922

Ali Kemal was a Turkish journalist, poet, newspaper editor, government official, and liberal-leaning politician. He is best remembered for his brief service as the Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919. During the Turkish War of Independence, Ali Kemal was assassinated by paramilitary officers.

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Carl Sandburg
(Writer & Editor)
Carl Sandburg
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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.

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William Ernest Henley
(English Poet Best Known for His Poem 'Invictus' (1875))
William Ernest Henley
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Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: July 11, 1903

Best known for his short poem Invictus, William Ernest Henley was a Victorian-era British poet and author. A disease he contracted in childhood caused one of his legs to be amputated. It is believed, he was the inspiration behind the crippled character Long John Silver in RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

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Jean Jaurès
(Former Member of the Chamber of Deputies of France)
Jean Jaurès
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Birthdate: September 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castres, France
Died: July 31, 1914
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Hugo Gernsback
(Inventor)
Hugo Gernsback
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Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Died: August 19, 1967
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Bret Harte
(Author & Poet)
Bret Harte
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Birthdate: August 25, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Died: May 5, 1902
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Edgar Allan Poe
(Writer and Poet - Widely Regarded as a Central Figure of Romanticism in the United States)
Edgar Allan Poe
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Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1849

American writer Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as the architect of modern short story, the inventor of the detective-fiction genre and a major contributor towards science fiction genre. The influential writer is recognised for his tales of mystery and macabre. His notable works include The Raven (poem), The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher (short stories).

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

Known as one of the co-founders of Vorticism, a London-based art movement, author-painter Wyndham Lewis is best remembered for his books such as Tarr and The Apes of God. His paintings mingled features of Cubism and Futurism. In his later life, a pituitary tumor made him blind and practically ended his career.

William Tappan Thompson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1812
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ravenna, Ohio, United States
Died: March 24, 1882
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Andrew Lang
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic)
Andrew Lang
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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.

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Dwight L. Moody
(Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist, Hymnwriter)
Dwight L. Moody
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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.

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Elijah Parish Lovejoy
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Birthdate: November 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albion, Maine, United States
Died: November 7, 1837
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Henry Jarvis Raymond
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Birthdate: January 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Livingston County, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1869
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Francis P. Blair
(Journalist)
Francis P. Blair
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Birthdate: April 12, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Died: October 18, 1876
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James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
(Founder of New York Herald, Publisher)
James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 1, 1795
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newmill, Scotland
Died: June 1, 1872
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Mabel Loomis Todd
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Birthdate: November 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1932
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Sarah Josepha Hale
(American author)
Sarah Josepha Hale
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Birthdate: October 24, 1788
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 30, 1879
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Frank Knox
(Politician)
Frank Knox
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Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts United States
Died: April 28, 1944
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Rashīd Riḍā
(Islamic scholar)
Rashīd Riḍā
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Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lebanon
Died: August 22, 1935
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William Worrall Mayo
(Chemist, Politician, Gynaecologist, Editor)
William Worrall Mayo
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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.

Robert R. McCormick
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Birthdate: July 30, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 1, 1955
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Amelia Bloomer
(American Women's Rights Advocate and Newspaper Editor)
Amelia Bloomer
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Birthdate: May 27, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Homer, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 1894

Amelia Bloomer was an American temperance and women's rights advocate and newspaper editor. She is best remembered for her association with The Lily and became the first American woman to own and edit a newspaper for women. The famous bloomer costume, which is known as the reform dress, is named after Amelia Bloomer.

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Daniel De Leon
(Socialist)
Daniel De Leon
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Birthdate: December 14, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curaçao
Died: May 11, 1914
William Monroe Trotter
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Birthdate: April 7, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Died: April 7, 1934
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Charles Péguy
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Birthdate: January 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orléans, France
Died: September 5, 1914
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Milena Jesenska
(Czech Writer Who Helped Many Jews Escape From Czechoslovakia After the Advent of The Nazis)
Milena Jesenska
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Birthdate: August 10, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: May 17, 1944

Milena Jesenska was a Czech writer, editor, journalist, and translator. She is best remembered for translating Franz Kafka's works from German to Czech and for her romantic relationship with Kafka when she was still married to Ernst Pollak. She is also known for her action of saving the lives of many Jewish and political refugees when the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia.

George William Russell
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Birthdate: April 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lurgan Tarry, County Armagh,Ireland
Died: July 17, 1935
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Harold Ross
(Journalist)
Harold Ross
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Birthdate: November 6, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aspen, Colorado, United States
Died: December 6, 1951
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Eugene Field
(Writer)
Eugene Field
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Birthdate: September 2, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 4, 1895
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Charlotta Spears Bass
(Editor and activist)
Charlotta Spears Bass
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Birthdate: February 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina
Died: April 12, 1969
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Louis Untermeyer
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Birthdate: October 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 1977
Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935
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William Allen White
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Birthdate: February 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, United States
Died: January 29, 1944
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Josephus Daniels
(Newspaper Editor)
Josephus Daniels
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Birthdate: May 18, 1862
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, North Carolina, United States
Died: January 15, 1948
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Charles Brockden Brown
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Birthdate: January 17, 1771
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 1810
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Frank Harris
(Journalist)
Frank Harris
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Birthdate: February 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
Died: August 27, 1931
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Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor
(Photojournalist)
Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor
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Birthdate: October 28, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: February 4, 1966
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Anton Diabelli
(Music Publisher)
Anton Diabelli
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Birthdate: September 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mattsee, Austria
Died: April 7, 1858
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Johann Most
(Politician)
Johann Most
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Birthdate: February 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: March 17, 1906
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Douglas Southall Freeman
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Birthdate: May 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Died: June 13, 1953
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Julius Sterling Morton
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Birthdate: April 22, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adams, New York, United States
Died: April 27, 1902
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Malcolm Cowley
(Novelist & Poet)
Malcolm Cowley
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Birthdate: August 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Died: March 27, 1989
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James Anthony Froude
(British Historian, Novelist, Biographer, and Editor of Fraser’s Magazine)
James Anthony Froude
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Birthdate: April 23, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dartington Rectory, Devon, 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.

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George Jean Nathan
(Journalist, Film critic, Writer)
George Jean Nathan
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Birthdate: February 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: April 8, 1958
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John Morley
(Statesman)
John Morley
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Birthdate: December 24, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackburn, England
Died: September 23, 1923

John Morley was a British writer, newspaper editor, and politician. Morley served as the Chief Secretary for Ireland from February to July 1886. Between 1905 and 1910, he was the Secretary of State for India. John Morley is best remembered for his writings, many of which have been published. Morley is credited with inspiring influential figures like Mahomed Ali Jinnah.

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Elizabeth Peabody
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Birthdate: May 16, 1804
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Billerica, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 3, 1894
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August Spies
(Editor)
August Spies
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Birthdate: December 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Landecker Berg, Schenklengsfeld, Germany
Died: November 11, 1887
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Edwin Arnold
(British Poet and Journalist Known for His Work 'The Light of Asia')
Edwin Arnold
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Birthdate: June 10, 1832
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gravesend, Gravesham, Kent, England
Died: March 24, 1904

Best known for his book The Light of Asia, a narrative poem on Gautama Buddha, English poet and journalist Edwin Arnold had initially been a school teacher. He later also worked as a journalist, before turning to writing full-time. His The Song Celestial was a poetic version of the Bhagavad Gita.

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Cissy Patterson
(Journalist)
Cissy Patterson
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Birthdate: November 7, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 24, 1948