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Aitken, William Maxwell, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born on 25 May 1879 at the manse, Vaughan, Maple, Ontario, Canada. He was the third son and fifth member of a family of ten children, whose father, William Cuthbert Aitken (1834–1913)...

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William Maxwell Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964) by Walter Sickert, 1935 © The Beaverbrook Foundation; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armstrong, Sir George Carlyon Hughes, first baronet (1836–1907), newspaper proprietor, younger son of Colonel George Craven Armstrong, of the East India Company's army, and of Georgianna, daughter of Captain Philip Hughes, was born at Lucknow, India, on 20 July 1836. He was privately educated and was nominated to a military cadetship in the company's service in 1855. During the Indian mutiny he was attached to the ...

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Sir George Carlyon Hughes Armstrong, first baronet (1836–1907) by unknown engraver, pubd 1892 (after Elliott & Fry) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Astor, John Jacob, first Baron Astor of Hever (1886–1971), newspaper proprietor, was born at the family mansion on East 33rd Street, New York, USA, on 20 May 1886, the second surviving son of William Waldorf Astor, first Viscount Astor of Hever Castle (1848–1919)...

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John Jacob Astor, first Baron Astor of Hever (1886–1971) by Cuthbert Julian Orde, 1950 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Astor, Waldorf, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born in New York city on 19 May 1879, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of William Waldorf Astor (1848–1919) and his wife, Mary (Mamie) Dahlgren Paul (...

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Waldorf Astor, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952) by Philip A. de Laszlo The de László Foundation / Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baines, Edward (1774–1848), newspaper proprietor, politician, and historian, was born at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, on 5 February 1774, the second son of Richard Baines (d. 1811) and his wife, Jane (née Chew). Richard Baines, who was born near Ripon and came from a farming family, had moved to ...

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Edward Baines (1774–1848) by John Cochran, pubd 1834 (after Thomas Hargreaves) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lilias Margaret Frances Bathurst, Countess Bathurst (1871–1965) by Philip A. de Laszlo, 1919 The de László Foundation; photograph: Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bathurst [née Borthwick], Lilias Margaret Frances, Countess Bathurst (1871–1965), newspaper publisher, was born on 12 October 1871 at 60 Eaton Place, London, the elder child and only daughter of Algernon Borthwick, Baron Glenesk (1830–1908), journalist, newspaper publisher, and politician, and his wife, ...

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Bell, Charles Frederic Moberly (1847–1911), journalist and newspaper manager, was born on 2 April 1847 in Alexandria, youngest of six children of Thomas Bell (d. 1859), merchant, and his first wife, Hester Louisa Dodd, née David, widow of a naval chaplain. Following his wife's premature death, ...

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Charles Frederic Moberly Bell (1847–1911) by George Charles Beresford, c. 1910 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Sir Thomas Jewell (1852–1925), journalist and newspaper proprietor, was born on 16 May 1852, at Elm Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the third son and fourth of six children of John Thomas Bennett (1814-1880), solicitor's clerk, and his wife, Charlotte Mary Galopin ...

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Berrow, Harvey (bap. 1719, d. 1776), printer and newspaper proprietor, was baptized on 26 May 1719 at St Mary the Virgin, Northill, Bedfordshire, the third son of Capel Berrow (1673/4–1751), a clergyman, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1723). His eldest brother, Capel Berrow (1715–1782)...

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Berry, William Ewert, first Viscount Camrose (1879–1954), newspaper proprietor, was born on 23 June 1879 at Gwaelod-y-garth, Merthyr Tudful, the second of the three sons of John Mathias Berry (d. 1917), an estate agent and a Liberal alderman, and his wife, Mary Ann (...

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Blackwood, William (1776–1834), publisher and founder of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, was born in Edinburgh on 20 November 1776, the second son of Alexander Blackwood (1736–1802), descended from a family of silk mercers, and Janet Drysdale. On finishing his formal education at the age of fourteen, ...

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William Blackwood (1776–1834) by Sir William Allan, 1830? Scottish National Portrait Gallery