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Alexander, Stanley Walter (1895–1980), financial journalist and editor, was born on 16 November 1895 at 35 Harcourt Road, Deptford, London, the son of Walter Henry Alexander, board of works clerk, and his wife, Alice Maude Mary Kemp. He left the Roan School, Greenwich...

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Andrews, Sir (William) Linton (1886–1972), newspaper editor, was born on 27 May 1886 in Hull, Yorkshire, the youngest of the four children (three sons and one daughter) of William Andrews (1848–1908), author, editor, and librarian of the Royal Institution, Hull, and his wife, ...

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Astor, (Francis) David Langhorne (1912–2001), newspaper editor and philanthropist, was born on 5 March 1912 at 4 St James's Square, London, the second of four sons and third of five children of Waldorf Astor, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952), and his wife, Nancy Witcher, ...

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(Francis) David Langhorne Astor (1912–2001) by David Rubinger, 1964 [centre, with Observer staff] Getty Images

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Bacon, Richard Mackenzie (1776–1844), newspaper editor and music critic, was born in Norwich on 1 May 1776, the only son of Richard Bacon (1745–1812), proprietor from 1794 of the Norwich Mercury, one of the leading provincial organs of liberal opinion. He was educated at the ...

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Bailey, Thomas (1785–1856), newspaper editor and author, was born at Nottingham on 31 July 1785. His education was received partly in a day school in his native town, and partly in a boarding-school at Gilling, Yorkshire. Afterwards he was for some time engaged in his father's trade of silk hosier at ...

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James Ballantyne (1772–1833) by John Ballantyne National Gallery of Scotland

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Ballantyne, James (1772–1833), printer and newspaper editor, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, on 15 January 1772, the eldest child of John Ballantyne (1743–1817), general merchant, and Jean (1745?–1818), daughter of James Barclay, rector of Dalkeith high school, and his wife, Elizabeth. His early education was at ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Ballantyne, Thomas (1806–1871), newspaper editor, was born in Paisley, where his first employment was as a weaver. He then became editor of the Bolton Free Press, and was active in promoting radical causes. He became closely associated with Richard Cobden and John Bright...

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Barnes, Thomas (1785–1841), newspaper editor and essayist, was born in Southwark, London, on 11 September 1785, the eldest son of John Barnes (b. 1753), a solicitor practising in Clifford's Inn, Bloomsbury, and Tenterden, Kent, and his wife, Mary, née Anderson. His mother died when he was young, and he was initially raised by his grandmother with his brother, ...