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Joseph Medill
Birth: Apr. 6, 1823
Saint-John
Saint John County
New Brunswick, Canada
Death: Mar. 16, 1899
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Newspaper Publisher, Chicago Mayor. The founder of the Chicago "Tribune" newspaper, he was one of the most powerful and controversial figures in 19th century America. Originally a lawyer and newspaper publisher in Ohio, he became part-owner and editor of the Chicago Tribune in 1855. A staunch conservative, he was one of the founders of the Republican Party, and is credited with influencing the party to nominate Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860. A study in contrasts, Medill was an outspoken abolitionist, yet was so vehemently against unions that he once suggested in an editorial that the best way to deal with striking workers was with arsenic. He was elected Mayor of Chicago, Illinois in 1871 after the Great Chicago Fire, running on a platform calling for strict fire-proofing of all new buildings in the city. A teetotaler who supported the temperance movement, he closed Chicago's saloons on Sundays, an unpopular decision that may have influenced his decision to retire from office before his term was up. In 1874, he took full control over the Tribune, which was later passed on to his heirs, the Pattersons and the McCormicks. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Katherine Patrick Medill (1831 - 1894)*
 
 Children:
  Katherine Van Etta Medill McCormick (1853 - 1932)*
  Elinor R. Medill Patterson (1855 - 1933)*
  Josephine F. Medill (1866 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
about Joseph Medill




Name:
Joseph Medill

SAR Membership:
64893

Birth Date:
6 Apr 1823

Death Date:
16 Mar 1899

Spouse:
Katharine Patrick

Children:
Katharine Van Etta Medill


 
Burial:
Graceland Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Ridgeland Section, Lot 11 (Medill)
GPS (lat/lon): 41.96102, -87.66141
 
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You are most certainly a very well known name during our American Civil War as well. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
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