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E. W. Scripps

E. W. ScrippsAKA Edward Wyllis Scripps

Born: 18-Jun-1854
Birthplace: Rushville, IL
Died: 12-Mar-1926
Location of death: aboard ship off Monrovia, Liberia
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Publisher

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of UPI

In 1873, Edward W. Scripps' brother James founded the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune a successful penny newspaper. Edward learned the business and, beginning with his 1878 purchase of the Cleveland Penny Press, began to duplicate the format in several cities, eventually owning 34 newspapers in 15 states. With his brother George Scripps and Milton A. McRae, Scripps founded the Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers in 1894. In 1907, the League was joined with two other newspaper consortiums United Press, a precursor of United Press International, in order to compete with the Associated Press. Scripps began acquiring land near San Diego in 1890, eventually holding some 2000 acres by the time he retired to his ranch there at Miramar. The brunt of his estate was held in trust by his sister, Ellen Browning Scripps, after his death.

Father: James Mogg Scripps
Mother: Julia A. Osborne
Brother: James Edmund Scripps (half-brother, b. 1835 d. 1906)
Sister: Ellen Browning Scripps (philanthropist, half-sister, b. 1836, d. 1932)
Brother: George Henry Scripps (b. 1839, d. 1900)
Sister: Julia Anne
Sister: Virginia
Wife: (six children)
Son: Robert Paine Scripps (b. 1896, d. 1938)

    E. W. Scripps Founder, President (1878-1922)
    United Press International Founder (1907-22)
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Alcoholism

Author of books:
Damned Old Crank (1951, essays)


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