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Joseph Medill
Birth: Apr. 6, 1823
Death: Mar. 16, 1899

Founder of Chicago Tribune, mayor of Chicago. Joseph Medill was one of the most powerful (and controversial) figures in early Chicago. Originally a lawyer and newspaper publisher in Ohio, Medill 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. Medill was elected mayor of Chicago in 1871 after the 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, Medill 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, Medill 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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

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
 
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 Added: Apr. 27, 2014
The Tribe is in bankruptcy. How sad after all the years of hard work from you and it's employees.
- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Jun. 8, 2009

- gaby hayes
 Added: Dec. 24, 2008
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