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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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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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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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Bowles, Thomas Gibson (1841–1922), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born in London on 15 January 1841, the illegitimate son of Thomas Milner-Gibson (1806–1884) and Susan (or Susanna) Bowles (1818–1898), a servant. He was baptized at Christ Church, Spitalfields, on 10 March 1841...

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Carr, Sir (William) Emsley (1867–1941), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, was born on 1 May 1867 at 9 Hunslet Road, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, the eldest son of Thomas Hay Carr (1842–1927), a cloth manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Jane Emsley (d. 1905). Educated in his native city, he became a journalist when summoned to ...

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Cave, Edward (1691–1754), printer and magazine proprietor, was born on 27 February 1691 at Cave's Hole on Watling Street in Newton, near Rugby, Warwickshire, the son of Joseph Cave (1667–1747), who, having lost an entailed family estate, had become a shoemaker in Rugby...

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Collins, Benjamin (bap. 1715, d. 1785), newspaper proprietor and publisher, was baptized in the parish church at Faringdon, Berkshire, on 14 October 1715, the eighth of nine children of William Collins (1682–1729), a Faringdon tallow chandler, and his wife, Margaret Pierce (d...

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Harmsworth, Alfred Charles William, Viscount Northcliffe (1865–1922), journalist and newspaper proprietor, was born at Sunnybank, Chapelizod, near Dublin, on 15 July 1865, the eldest son of Alfred Harmsworth (1837–1889), barrister, and his wife, Geraldine Mary (1838–1925), daughter of William Maffett, a land agent from ...

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Harmsworth, Harold Sidney, first Viscount Rothermere (1868–1940), newspaper proprietor, was born on 26 April 1868 at Hampstead, London, the second son of Alfred Harmsworth (1837–1889), and his wife, Geraldine Mary Maffett (1838–1925). He was of Anglo-Irish stock: his father was an Englishman who had qualified as a barrister at the ...

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Harmsworth, Vere Harold Esmond, third Viscount Rothermere (1925–1998), newspaper proprietor, was born on 27 August 1925 at Warwick House, Stable Yard, Strand, London, the son of Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, second Viscount Rothermere (1898–1978), a newspaper proprietor, and his first wife, Margaret Hunam Redhead (1897–1991)...

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Lawson, Edward Levy-, first Baron Burnham (1833–1916), newspaper proprietor, was born in London on 28 December 1833, the eldest of the eight children of Joseph Moses Levy (1812–1888), manager of a printing establishment in Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, and his wife, Esther (...

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Lemon, Denis Edward (1945–1994), newspaper proprietor and restaurateur, was born on 11 August 1945 at Berryfield House, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, the eldest child and only son of Albert Edward Lemon, an executive officer with the Assistance Board, and his partner, Jane Kenyon, formerly Unsworth (1912–1988)...

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Morris, Mowbray (bap. 1818, d. 1874), newspaper executive, was born in Jamaica, where he was baptized at Kingston on 6 January 1818, the third son of John Ball Morris (1780–1845), merchant in London and Jamaica and owner of slaves for whom he claimed compensation after emancipation, and his wife, ...

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Reuter, (Paul) Julius de [formerly Israel Beer Josaphat], Baron de Reuter in the nobility of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1816–1899), news agency founder, was born on 21 July 1816 in Kassel, Germany, the third son in the family of four sons and one daughter of ...

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Strachey, John St Loe (1860–1927), journalist and journal proprietor, was born at Clifton, Gloucestershire, on 9 February 1860. He was the second of the three sons of Sir Edward Strachey, third baronet (1812–1901), and his second wife, Mary Isabella, née Symonds (d...

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Thomas [married name Mackworth], Margaret Haig, suo jure Viscountess Rhondda (1883–1958), feminist and magazine proprietor, was born at Princes Square, Bayswater, London, on 12 June 1883, and baptized at St Matthew's Church, St Petersburgh Place, the only child of David Alfred Thomas, ...

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Townsend, Meredith White (1831–1911), newspaper editor and proprietor, born on 1 April 1831, in London, was the only son of William Townsend, gentleman farmer of north Essex, and Alicia, daughter of John Sparrowe. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich; he left, aged sixteen, in 1847, to become an assistant master at a school in ...

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Walter, John (1818–1894), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born on 8 October 1818 at Printing House Square, London, the eldest son of John Walter (1776–1847) of Printing House Square and his second wife, Mary, née Smithe, of Eastling, Kent. Sir Edward Walter was his brother. He was educated at ...

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Walter, John (1776–1847), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born at Battersea on 23 February 1776, the second son of John Walter (1739?–1812), printer and founder of The Times, and Frances Landen. He was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, and at fourteen was apprenticed to ...