NEWSPAPER EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Born in Hungary in 1847, Joseph Pulitzer immigrated to Boston to serve in the Union army during the Civil War. After becoming a U.S. citizen in 1867, he worked for various German newspapers and became involved in Republican Party politics, campaigning for New York Tribune publisher Horace Greeley for president in 1872. But he soon became disenchanted with politics and the party. He began his newspaper empire with the St. Louis Staats-Zeitung and the Post and Dispatch in the 1870s, serving as publisher, editor, and business manager. In 1883 he bought the New York World from tycoon Jay Gould. The World became the strongest voice of the Democratic Party in the United States, crusading for the "people" against the powerful "interests," but Pulitzer did not always conform to party policies.
The Mastermind of the Modern Newspaper.
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