19th Century Media Personalities
From being a slave of a selected few to rising up as the most powerful medium, media has come a long way. And much credit for the same goes to the media personalities, TV presenters, journalists, editors, publishers and cartoonists who have taken it to great heights. 19th century witnessed an influx of great media personalities who created waves through their grit, determination and powerful willingness. They were a fearless bunch of people, who resolved to change the fate of media through their work. Talking about some of the greatest media personalities that lived during the 19th century, the first name that strikes the mind is that of Joseph Pulitzer. The man who also has an award to his name that is presented every year for outstanding contribution by a journalist, Pulitzer revived American journalism in the late 1800s. Did you know that Irish reporter Sir William Howard Russell was the first modern war correspondent? He covered the Crimean War and gave new meaning to war reporting. William Randolph Hearst started an intense newspaper war in New York which provoked real war in Cuba. Horace Greeley, the much famed editor of the 19th century, shaped public opinion for decades with her work. The list is long and comprises of several more renowned personalities who gave new meaning and a new definition to media. Check this section to know about the famous media personalities of the 19th century.
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator
W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists

William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863, American
Newspaper Baron

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876, American
Author

Nellie BlyNellie Bly
05 May 1864, American
Journalist

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
28 January 1841, British, American, Welsh
Explorer
H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
12 September 1880, American
 

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
02 May 1860, Austrian, Hungarian
Journalist

Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897, American
 
Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
07 April 1897, American
Journalist, Radio Personality

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce
24 June 1842, American
Journalist & Writer, soldier
Horace GreeleyHorace Greeley
03 February 1811, American
Journalist

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875, American
Educator

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
10 April 1847, Hungarian
Journalist & Publisher

Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg
04 July 1883, American
Cartoonist

Pauline Pfeiffer Pauline Pfeiffer
22 July 1895, American
Journalist & Second Wife of Ernest Hemingway
Carl SandburgCarl Sandburg
06 January 1878, American
Writer & Editor

Banjo PatersonBanjo Paterson
17 February 1864, Australian
Poet

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann
23 September 1889, American
First to introduce the concept of Cold War

Thomas NastThomas Nast
27 September 1840, American
Cartoonist
James ThurberJames Thurber
08 December 1894, American
Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright

Henry AdamsHenry Adams
16 February 1838, American
Historian
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
05 November 1857, American
Journalist

Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
23 May 1810, American
 

Marcelo H. del PilarMarcelo H. del Pilar
30 August 1850, Filipino
Writer
Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890, American
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American
Humorist
Bret Harte Bret Harte
25 August 1836, American
Author & Poet

Andrew LangAndrew Lang
31 March 1844, Scottish
Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic

Kurt EisnerKurt Eisner
14 May 1867, German
Statesman
Hristo BotevHristo Botev
06 January 1848, Bulgarian
Bulgarian Revolutionary

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Alexander WoollcottAlexander Woollcott
19 January 1887, American
American critic
Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti
08 February 1888, Italian
Poet, Essayist

Christopher MorleyChristopher Morley
05 May 1890, American
Journalist, Novelist

Frank KingFrank King
09 April 1883, American
cartoonist

Norman AngellNorman Angell
26 December 1872, British
British Journalist & Author
Don MarquisDon Marquis
29 July 1878, American
Humorist
Malcolm CowleyMalcolm Cowley
24 August 1898, American
Novelist & Poet

Thomas Bailey AldrichThomas Bailey Aldrich
11 November 1836, American
Poet & Novelist

Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825, Australian
Author, Journalist & Politician

Franklin Pierce AdamsFranklin Pierce Adams
15 November 1881, American
Journalist
John ReedJohn Reed
22 October 1887, American
Journalist, Poet

Azim AzimzadeAzim Azimzade
07 May 1880, Azerbaijani
Artist

C.P. ScottC.P. Scott
26 October 1846, British
Former Editor of 'The Guardian'

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870, British
Poet

Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
05 April 1839, American
Politician
William Tappan ThompsonWilliam Tappan Thompson
31 August 1812, American
Writer

Ali KemalAli Kemal
07 September 1867, Turkish
Journalist
Lyman Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856, American
Writer

Harold AbrahamsHarold Abrahams
15 December 1899, British
Athletics competitor, Sprinter, Lawyer, Journalist

Paul Joseph WatsonPaul Joseph Watson
24 May 1982, British
Radio host
Rose Wilder LaneRose Wilder Lane
05 December 1886, American
Journalists

Joel Chandler HarrisJoel Chandler Harris
09 December 1848, American
Journalist
John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
Vaudevillian

Vita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West
09 March 1892, British
Writer

Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American
Actor

Victoria Claflin WoodhullVictoria Woodhull
23 September 1838, American
Politician
Keith MurdochKeith Murdoch
12 August 1885, Australian
War correspondent

Fukuzawa YukichiFukuzawa Yukichi
10 January 1835, Japanese
Writer, Teacher, Educationist, Philosopher,

Pinckney PinchbackP. B. S. Pinchback
10 May 1837, American
Politician

Spring ByingtonSpring Byington
17 October 1886, American
Actress
Charles CoughlinCharles Coughlin
25 October 1891, Canadian, American
Priest

Hal RoachHal Roach
14 January 1892, American
Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Gabriele D'AnnunzioGabriele D'Annunzio
12 March 1863, Italian
Poet

Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American
comedian

Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
25 May 1898, American
Publisher
Carter G. WoodsonCarter G. Woodson
19 December 1875, American
Journalist, Historian

Max Aitken, 1st Baron BeaverbrookMax Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
25 May 1879, Canadian, British
Newspaper publisher
Djuna BarnesDjuna Barnes
12 June 1892, American
Artist

Emma LazarusEmma Lazarus
22 July 1849, American
Poet, Writer, Journalist

Josephus DanielsJosephus Daniels
18 May 1862, American
Newspaper Editor
Sophie TuckerSophie Tucker
13 January 1884, Ukrainian, American, Russian
Actress

Kalki KrishnamurthyKalki Krishnamurthy
09 September 1899, Indian
Screenwriter, Journalist, Writer
Stephen CraneStephen Crane
01 November 1871, American
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Baseball player,

Alma MahlerAlma Mahler
31 August 1879, Austrian, American
Composer

Dwight L. MoodyDwight L. Moody
05 February 1837, American
Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist,

Alfred Damon RunyonDamon Runyon
04 October 1880, American
Writer
Alfred A. KnopfAlfred A. Knopf
12 September 1892, American
New York City, New York, United States
Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
25 October 1886, Hungarian
Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian,

Otto StrasserOtto Strasser
10 September 1897, German
Journalist, Politician, Writer

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
19 January 1808, American
Lawyer, Journalist, Essayist, Philosopher

Karl KautskyKarl Kautsky
16 October 1854, Czech, German
Philosopher
James M. CoxJames M. Cox
31 March 1870, American
Politician

Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
29 June 1883, American
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,

Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
20 April 1891, American
Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist,

WeegeeWeegee
12 June 1899, American
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist

Paul ReynaudPaul Reynaud
15 October 1878, French
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
07 April 1890, American
Journalist

Henry W. GradyHenry W. Grady
24 May 1850, American
Journalist
Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi
24 November 1826, Italian
Writer

Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
29 April 1863, Egyptian, Greek, British
Poet, Writer, Civil servant, Journalist
George Washington WilliamsGeorge Washington Williams
16 October 1849, American
Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister,
Raymond PoincaréRaymond Poincaré
20 August 1860, French
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist