Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all De Youngs in:
 • Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
 • Colma
 • San Mateo County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement
Michael Henry De Young
Birth: Sep. 30, 1849
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1925
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Journalist. He co-founded the San Francisco Chronicle with his brother Charles in 1865. Initially serving as bookeeper and then treasurer, he helped turn a modest theatrical handbill into one of the nation's leading newspapers, and gained total control of the Chronicle after Charles De Young's murder in 1880. He continued his brother's scandal-mongering editorial policies and infuriated many of San Francisco's most influential citizens. Writer Ambrose Bierce quipped, "Hatred of De Young is the best test of a gentleman." In 1884 De Young was shot by Adolph Spreckles, son of sugar magnate Claus Spreckles, whom he had publicly criticized for unfair business practices; Spreckles was acquitted on "reasonable cause." De Young recovered from his wounds and ran the Chronicle until his death 41 years later. He built the M. H. De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, a major holder of Gold Rush-era artifacts, in 1894. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Amelia De Young (1809 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Katherine Deane De Young (1857 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  Charles De Young (1881 - 1913)*
  Helen Mary De Young Cameron (1883 - 1969)*
  Constance Marie De Young Tobin (1885 - 1968)*
  Kathleen Yvonne De Young Thieriot (1888 - 1954)*
  Phyllis D de Young Tucker (1892 - 1988)*
 
 Siblings:
  Virginia De Young Cohn (____ - 1877)*
  Louisa DeYoung Williams (1830 - 1913)*
  Charles De Young (1845 - 1880)*
  Michael Henry De Young (1849 - 1925)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Colma
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Family Mausoleum, Section I, Area 20, Plot 20
GPS (lat/lon): 37.67136, -122.44615
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Mar 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10617233
Michael Henry De Young
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Michael Henry De Young
Added by: G.Photographer
 
Michael Henry De Young
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Rich H.
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Michael Henry De Young
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Sep. 6, 2016

- Bunny
 Added: Sep. 30, 2015

- S. Pisciotta
 Added: Mar. 29, 2015
There are 26 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.9 after 30 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service