Famous 19th Century Publishers

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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 
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
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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
 8 
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
 11 
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
 12 
Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
(French-American Writer, Economist, Publisher and Government Official)
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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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
 14 
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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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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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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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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Mary Ann Shadd
(American-Canadian Activist, Journalist, Publisher and the First Black Woman Publisher in North America)
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.

Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere
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Birthdate: April 26, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, England
Died: November 26, 1940
 20 
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
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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
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David Garnett
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Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: February 17, 1981
 23 
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
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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Birthdate: April 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 26, 1879
 26 
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
 27 
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
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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
 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
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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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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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Harry Crosby
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Birthdate: June 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 10, 1929
 33 
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
 34 
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
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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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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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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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Gio Ponti
(Architect)
Gio Ponti
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Birthdate: November 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 16, 1979
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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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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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François Coty
(Perfumer)
François Coty
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Birthdate: May 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: July 25, 1934
 42 
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
 43 
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
 44 
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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William Thomas Stead
(British Journalist, Editor and Publisher Known for His Work ‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’)
William Thomas Stead
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Birthdate: July 5, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 15, 1912
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Thurlow Weed
(Politician)
Thurlow Weed
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Birthdate: November 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greene County, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1882
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C.P. Scott
(British Journalist and the Editor of 'The Guardian’ from 1872 to 1929)
C.P. Scott
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Birthdate: October 26, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bath, England
Died: January 1, 1932

Legendary British journalist C.P. Scott is best remembered as the editor of the iconic Manchester Guardian, which later became known as The Guardian. As part of its liberal stance under his editorship, the Guardian took up many controversial issues, such as the Irish Home Rule.

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Giambattista Bodoni
(Typographer)
Giambattista Bodoni
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Birthdate: February 26, 1740
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saluzzo, Italy
Died: November 30, 1813
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Charles Francis Hall
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Birthdate: 1821 AD
Birthplace: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: November 8, 1871
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Joseph W. Martin Jr.
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Birthdate: November 3, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Attleborough, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1968