Famous 19th Century Publishers

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 1 
Mark Twain
(Lauded as the 'Greatest Humorist' the United States Has Produced)

Mark Twain
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Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: April 21, 1910

Mark Twain, “the father of American literature,” was one of the world’s greatest 19-th century humorists and authors. His novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were drawn from his childhood experiences in Missouri. In his later life, he sunk into bankruptcy and also recovered.

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William Randolph Hearst
(Newspaper Baron)

William Randolph Hearst
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Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

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Joseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)

Joseph Pulitzer
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Birthdate: April 10, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Makó
Died: October 29, 1911

Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher who became a national figure in the Democratic Party after crusading against corruption and big business. Pulitzer is also credited with founding the Columbia School of Journalism. The world-renowned Pulitzer Prizes, which are awarded annually to reward excellence in various fields, are named in his honor.

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 4 
Bennett Cerf
(Publisher)

Bennett Cerf
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Birthdate: May 25, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Died: August 27, 1971

 5 
William Lyon Mackenzie
(1st Mayor of Toronto, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (1851–1858))

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: August 28, 1861

Born in Scotland, William Lyon Mackenzie moved to Canada as a merchant but soon got involved in the country’s politics. He later stepped into journalism and launched his own newspaper, the Colonial Advocate. He spearheaded the Canadian Rebellion of 1837, a failed uprising against the Canadian government.

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Ford Madox Ford
(Novelist)

Ford Madox Ford
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Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey, England
Died: June 26, 1939

Best remembered for his novel The Good Soldier, author Ford Madox Ford was the grandson of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown. He had been part of World War I. He spent his final years in France and the US, mostly authoring criticism. The tetralogy Parade's End remains one of his best-known works.

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Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
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Birthdate: May 25, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maple, Vaughan, Canada
Died: June 9, 1964
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Elbert Hubbard
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Birthdate: June 19, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Died: May 7, 1915

 9 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)

Milton Bradley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: May 30, 1911

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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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Henry Luce
(Journalist, Publisher)

Henry Luce
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Birthdate: April 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dengzhou
Died: February 28, 1967

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Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
(Entrepreneur, Writer)

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
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Birthdate: January 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 21, 1965

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Caresse Crosby
(Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist)

Caresse Crosby
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Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1970

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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

 15 
Eugene Meyer
(Financier)

Eugene Meyer
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Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 17, 1959

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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

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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Birthdate: December 14, 1739
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 7, 1817

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours was a French-American writer and economist. An ambitious man, he served as French inspector general of commerce under Louis XVI. He moved to America during the French Revolution and was later elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont founded E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. 

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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

 19 
Alfred Harmsworth
(British publisher)

Alfred Harmsworth
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Birthdate: July 15, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chapelizod, Ireland
Died: August 14, 1922

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David Garnett
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Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: February 17, 1981

Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere
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Birthdate: April 26, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, England
Died: November 26, 1940

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Edward Stratemeyer
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Birthdate: October 4, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 13, 1905

 23 
Sylvia Beach
(Bookseller)

Sylvia Beach
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Birthdate: March 14, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: October 5, 1962

 24 
Mary Ann Shadd
(Activist)

Mary Ann Shadd
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Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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Birthdate: April 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 26, 1879

 26 
Mackenzie Bowell
(Politician)

Mackenzie Bowell
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Birthdate: December 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rickinghall, England
Died: December 10, 1917

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Bernarr MacFadden
(Publisher, Bodybuilder)

Bernarr MacFadden
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Birthdate: August 16, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mill Spring, Missouri, United States
Died: October 12, 1955

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Arthur Hays Sulzberger
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Birthdate: September 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 11, 1968

 29 
Carter Glass
(Politician)

Carter Glass
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Birthdate: January 4, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Died: May 28, 1946

 30 
Alfred Hugenberg
(Politician, Entrepreneur, Financier, Diplomat, Publisher)

Alfred Hugenberg
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Birthdate: June 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: March 12, 1951

 31 
Charles Darrow
(Inventor, Publisher, Patent inventor)

Charles Darrow
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Birthdate: August 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: August 29, 1967

 32 
E. W. Scripps
(Publisher)

E. W. Scripps
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Birthdate: June 18, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rushville, Illinois, United States
Died: March 12, 1926

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Harry Crosby
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Birthdate: June 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 10, 1929

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James Gordon Bennett Jr.
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Birthdate: May 10, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 14, 1918

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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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Monteiro Lobato
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Birthdate: April 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taubaté, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: July 4, 1948

Monteiro Lobato was a Brazilian writer best known for his children’s books. He authored a set of educational but entertaining children's books and this brought him much fame. He also wrote numerous novels and short tales for adult readers, but these weren’t as popular as his children’s books. He founded the publishing house Companhia Editora Nacional. 

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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

 38 
Norman Chandler
(Publisher)

Norman Chandler
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Birthdate: September 14, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 20, 1973

 39 
Ilia Chavchavadze
(Journalist)

Ilia Chavchavadze
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Birthdate: November 8, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kvareli, Georgia
Died: September 12, 1907

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Gio Ponti
(Architect)

Gio Ponti
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Birthdate: November 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 16, 1979

 41 
Henri Bourassa
(Politician)

Henri Bourassa
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Birthdate: September 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: August 31, 1952

Renowned Canadian journalist and politician Henri Bourassa is best remembered for founding the newspaper Le Devoir. Though a qualified lawyer, he made a name for himself by writing on political issues and also served as a member of the Canadian Parliament, as part of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Ned Buntline
(Publisher)

Ned Buntline
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Birthdate: March 20, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harpersfield, New York, United States
Died: July 18, 1886

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John Walter
(Publisher)

John Walter
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Birthdate: January 1, 1738
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 16, 1812

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Gail Borden
(Inventor)

Gail Borden
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Birthdate: November 9, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norwich, Chenango County, New York, United States
Died: January 11, 1874

 45 
Henry Mayhew
(Journalist)

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

A co-founder of the iconic British satirical magazine Punch, Henry Mayhew ran away from home to work for the East India Company on a ship to Calcutta. He then worked as a trainee lawyer, before finding his footing in freelance journalism. He remains best-known for his 4-volume London Labour and the London Poor.

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François Coty
(Perfumer)

François Coty
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Birthdate: May 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: July 25, 1934

 47 
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

 48 
Victor Gollancz
(Author and publisher)

Victor Gollancz
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Birthdate: April 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 8, 1967

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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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Jesse H. Jones
(Politician)

Jesse H. Jones
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Birthdate: April 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Robertson County, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1, 1956

Initially part of his uncle’s lumber business, Jesse H. Jones later opened his own lumberyard and gradually built an empire in banking, construction, and real-estate. A prominent Democratic Party supporter, he had also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was associated with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.