Grozier, Edwin Atkins
Occupation : editor
Born : San Francisco, Sept. 12, 1859
Died : May 9, 1924
Son of Joshua Freeman and Mary Louise (Given) Grozier
Education : student of Brown University, 1878-1879; Ph.B., (Bachelor of Philosophy), Boston University, 1881
Married : Alice G. Goodell, of Salem, Mass., Nov. 26, 1885
Reporter for Boston Globe, Boston Herald, 1881-1883; private secretary to governor of Mass., 1884-1885; to Joseph Pulitzer of New York World, 1885-1886; city editor of New York World, 1887; editor Evening World, 1889, Sunday World, 1889-1891, publisher and chief proprietor Boston Post since 1891.
Home : 168 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass.
Office : The Post, Boston
-- Who's Who in America, Vol. 13, 1924-1925, Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, Printed by A. N Marquis & Company in Chicago, IL, Page 1394 (Necrology Page 164 : Deaths Reported During Course of Printing Who's Who in America)
May 19, 1924--Died. Edwin Atkins Grozier, 64, editor and publisher of The Boston Post; at Cambridge.
additional information courtesy of Garver Graver.
excerpt from wikipedia
Edwin Atkins Grozier was a progressive journalist who owned the Boston Post from 1891 until his death.
He is reported to have assigned every reporter on the staff to cover the 1911 murder of Avis Linnell by Clarence Richeson. The Boston Post created a media sensation that ran daily for months until the execution of Richeson.
Grozier's father was a ship captain, and he had been born aboard his father's ship. Grozier knew at a young age that he would not be following his father into the shipping business. Instead he wanted to be a writer.
He earned a degree from Boston University, and began writing for several Boston newspapers. In the 1880s, he moved to New York and went to work for world-famous publisher Joseph Pulitzer. There he became Pulitzer's right-hand man, working as an editor for various incarnations of Pulitzer's pride and joy, the New York World. In 1885 he decided to break out on his own by buying a broken-down newspaper, the Boston Post.
Within a few short years, Grozier built the Boston Post from a measly 20,000 circulation into one of the largest newspapers in New England with circulation in the hundreds of thousands.
In 1911, the story that got Grozier's attention was Avis Linnell. After learning of the Y.W.C.A. matron's odd phone conversation with the Rev. Richeson, Grozier assigned every available reporter to the story. It was the Post that called for police to investigate Avis Linell's suicide. It was the Post that found the druggist in Newton who had sold Clarence Richeson the cyanide. It was the Post that called for the Rev. Richeson's arrest, which occurred 10 days after Avis's death.
The Post with its blaring, front-page headlines, worked all of New England into a fever pitch. The Rev. Richeson never stood a chance. After spending several months in jail and failing in a suicide attempt (he had tried to castrate himself with the sharp edge of a tin can lid), Richeson changed his plea to guilty and confessed. His lawyers had convinced him that if he went to trial and the jury went against him, he would get the electric chair for sure.
What Richeson's lawyers had not counted upon was the power of the press. The Post demanded justice for Avis Linnell's murder. The judge sentenced the Rev. Richeson to die.
The minister then tried to recant his confession. He kept trying, right until May 21, 1912 when he was strapped to the electric chair and executed.
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