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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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Donaldson, James (1751–1830), newspaper editor and philanthropist, was born on 3 December 1751 at 7 West Bow, Edinburgh, and baptized the same day. He was the eldest son of Alexander Donaldson (bap. 1727, d. 1794), an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Ann, née...

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Sayers, John Edward [Jack] (1911–1969), newspaper editor and social commentator, was born on 13 July 1911 in King Street, Birkenhead, the eldest of three children of John Sayers (1880–1939), journalist, of 16 Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, and his wife, Elizabeth Lemon (1886–1957).

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Stevens, Sir Jocelyn Edward Greville (1932–2014), newspaper executive and public servant, was born in the Welbeck Hospital, 27 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, on 14 February 1932, the son of (Charles) Greville Bartlett Stevens (1893–1972), then a retired captain of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry...