Francis Pharcellus Church

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Francis Pharcellus Church

Birthplace: Rochester, Monroe, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, New York, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Pharcellus Church and Chara Emily Conant
Husband of Elizabeth Church
Brother of William Conant Church

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About Francis Pharcellus Church

Francis Pharcellus Church (February 22, 1839 – April 11, 1906) was an American publisher and editor. He was a member of the Century Association.

He was a lead editorial writer on his brother's newspaper, the New York Sun, and it was in that capacity that in 1897 he wrote his most famous editorial, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In this editorial he responds to a young girl's question if there truly is a Santa Claus, writing that he definitely exists and placing himself within Christmas' history forever.


During the Civil War, Francis worked as a war correspondent. from:

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Francis Pharcellus Church's Timeline

February 22, 1829
Rochester, Monroe, NY, USA
April 11, 1906
Age 77
New York, New York, NY, USA
Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States