|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1857|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1947|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Editor, writer, scholar, publisher, lecturer, and a leader in journalism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was most well-known as the founder, publisher and editor of the American Review of Reviews, the preeminent monthly magazine of news and political analysis in the U.S. at that time (1891 to 1937). He was an authority on municipal government, constitutional history, political science and political economics. He served in Teddy Roosevelt's "kitchen cabinet" and counted Woodrow Wilson, a former classmate, among his many close friends.
He graduated from Iowa (now Grinnell) College in 1879 and, inspired by his journalist cousin, Murat Halstead, learned journalism from the ground up while working on a semi-weekly country paper, the Grinnell Herald. He also worked as a journalist and editor at the Minneapolis Tribune (1883-1890). He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Johns Hopkins (1882-1885), after which he traveled to Europe to informally study governments and economics. In 1895 Dr. Shaw was awarded the John Marshall prize by Johns Hopkins University for his books on municipal government. A life senator of Phi Beta Kappa, he received honorary Doctor of Law degrees (LL.D.) from at least seven universities (including the University of Wisconsin in 1904 and the University of Cincinnati in 1913) and honorary Doctor of Literature degrees (Litt.D.) from at least four (including New York University in 1924). Beginning in 1899, the Albert Shaw Lectures on Diplomatic History have been delivered annually at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He moved to New York City to begin work on the Review of Reviews in 1891, and lived for nearly 50 years in "Shandon House," his home on North Broadway in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester Co., New York, which he lovingly named after his hometown in Ohio. In 1937 he merged the Review of Reviews with The Literary Digest and continued publishing the Digest weekly until his retirement later that year.
Dr. Shaw was the author of innumerable magazine articles and editorials, as well as eleven books: Icaria--A Chapter in the History of Communism, 1884; Local Government in Illinois, 1883; Cooperation in the Northwest, 1888; Municipal Government in Great Britain, 1894; Municipal Government in Continental Europe, 1895; The Business Career, 1905; Political Problems of American Development, 1907; The Outlook for the Average Man, 1907; A Cartoon History of Roosevelt's Career, 1910; Abraham Lincoln, two volumes, 1929; and International Bearings of American Policy, 1943. At the time of his death he was writing an intimate biography based on years of correspondence with President Wilson.
He married first Elisabeth L. Bacon at Christ Church in Reading, Pennsylvania September 5, 1893. They had two sons, Albert Shaw, Jr., born in 1897, and Roger Shaw, born in 1903. After his first wife's death, he married his former secretary, Virginia McCall, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainsville, Florida on May 4, 1933.
He died at the age of 89 in St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.
Griffin McKendree Shaw (1817 - 1863)
Susan Fisher Shaw (1828 - 1892)
Elisabeth Leonard Bacon Shaw (1870 - 1931)
Virginia McCall English (1909 - 2006)
Albert Shaw (1897 - 1983)*
Roger Shaw (1903 - 1959)*
Griffin McKendree Shaw (1847 - 1872)**
Lucy Delia Shaw Stephenson (1849 - 1939)**
Charles Wade Shaw (1853 - 1854)*
Mary Georgiana Shaw Fisher (1855 - 1937)*
Albert Shaw (1857 - 1947)
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section 56, Lot 3562
Created by: Memories of You
Record added: Mar 27, 2012
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