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 Eleanor Medill Patterson

Eleanor Medill Patterson

Original Name Cissy
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Jul 1948 (aged 63)
Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Ridgeland Section, Lot 11 (Medill)
Memorial ID 795 · View Source
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Journalist, Editor, Publisher. She was one of the first women to head a major US daily newspaper as journalist, editor, publisher and owner of the Washington Times-Herald. In August 1930, she began work as William R. Hearst’s chief editor for the Washington Herald and the evening Washington Times. In place, Patterson made her paper popular with all strata of Washington society and doubled its circulation. By 1937, Hearst's finances had to reached the point he needed sell so he agreed to lease the Herald and the Times to Patterson with an option to buy. Instead, she bought both papers from Hearst in January 1939 and merged them as the Times-Herald. Building her newspaper’s to success into the 1940s, proved to be too much of a mental and financial drain. She died of a heart attack at age 63.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor Medill Patterson (7 Nov 1884–24 Jul 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 795, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .