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: http://www.biography.com/people/francis-p-church-21186543
link to see Francis Church's editorial: http://beebo.org/smackerels/yes-virginia.html