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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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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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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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Astor, William Waldorf, first Viscount Astor (1848–1919), property owner and newspaper proprietor, was born on 31 March 1848 in New York, the only child of John Jacob Astor (1822–1890), manager of the family estate, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (1825–1887). He was educated privately and at ...

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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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Baines, Thomas (1806–1881), journalist, newspaper proprietor, and local historian, was born in Leeds, the third son of Edward Baines (1774–1848) and Charlotte Talbot, and younger brother of Matthew Talbot Baines and Sir Edward Baines. Both his father and brother represented Leeds in parliament...

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Ballance, John (1839–1893), newspaper proprietor and premier of New Zealand, was born on 27 March 1839 at Ballypitmave, near Glenavy, co. Antrim, Ireland, the eldest of the eleven children of Samuel Ballance (1800–1879), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary McNiece, the daughter of ...

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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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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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Borthwick, Algernon, Baron Glenesk (1830–1908), newspaper proprietor, born at Cambridge on 27 December 1830, was the elder son in the family of two sons and a daughter of Peter Borthwick, who belonged to a Midlothian branch of the ancient Borthwick family of Selkirkshire...

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Bowles, Thomas Gibson (1842–1922), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born on 15 January 1842, the illegitimate son of Thomas Milner-Gibson (1806–1884) and Susan Bowles, of whom nothing else is known. His father's wife, Susanna, made him welcome with his eight stepbrothers and -sisters. He was educated at ...

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Cameron, Sir Charles, first baronet (1841–1924), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born in Dublin on 18 December 1841, the eldest son of John Cameron (1804–1873), a newspaper proprietor of Glasgow and Dublin, and his wife, Ellen (d. 1846), daughter of Alexander Galloway...

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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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Chancellor, Sir Christopher John Howard (1904–1989), news agency executive, was born on 29 March 1904 in Cobham, Surrey, the elder son and eldest of three children of Sir John Robert Chancellor (1870–1952), soldier and colonial administrator, and his wife, Elsie, daughter of George Rodie Thompson...

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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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Edwards, John Passmore (1823–1911), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, born on 24 March 1823, at Blackwater, near Truro, Cornwall, was the second of the four sons of William Edwards and his wife, Susan Passmore. Edwards received a rudimentary education at his village school before leaving in 1835 to help his father with his various jobs as carpenter, brewer, publican, and nurseryman. He continued his studies after work, teaching himself from the cheap books he was able to buy. These endeavours were rewarded when, in 1843, he was employed as a clerk by a ...

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Findlay, John Ritchie (1824–1898), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, born at Arbroath on 21 October 1824, was the son of Peter Findlay (d. 1833?), draper, and grandnephew of John Ritchie [see under Ritchie, William], one of the founders of the Scotsman...

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Gee, Thomas (1815–1898), newspaper publisher and politician, was born at Denbigh on 24 January 1815, the second son of Thomas Gee (1780–1845), printer, and Mary Foulkes of Hendre'r-ŵydd, Denbighshire. He was educated at Grove Park School, Wrexham, and Denbigh grammar school; at fourteen he was apprenticed to his father, though he continued to attend the grammar school to read Greek and Latin with the masters there. In 1836, having finished his apprenticeship, he spent two years in ...