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Alicia Patterson

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Medill Patterson and Alice Patterson
Wife of Harry Frank Guggenheim
Ex-wife of Joseph W. Brooks and James Simpson Jr
Sister of Elinor Medill Patterson and Josephine Medill Albright
Half sister of James Joseph Patterson

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About Alicia Patterson

Alicia Patterson (October 15, 1906 - July 2, 1963) was the founder and editor of Newsday.


A daughter of Alice (née Higinbotham) and Joseph Medill Patterson, the founder of the New York Daily News and the great-granddaughter of Joseph Medill, owner of the Chicago Tribune, Alicia Patterson found her calling late in life when her third husband, Harry Guggenheim, wanted to keep her busy and out of trouble. She found her own niche in a family full of successful publishers. She was fired as a writer at her father's Daily News in her early 20s, after getting the basic facts of a divorce wrong in a published report. She was the subject of Joan Miró's mural, "Alicia".

She married Harry Guggenheim, United States ambassador to Cuba during the late 1920s/early 1930s, in 1939. Shortly after the Guggenheim-Patterson marriage, Harry Guggenheim used $750,000 of the Guggenheim family's fortune to help his wife found the "Nassau Daily Journal", also known as Newsday. Guggenheim awarded 49% of the paper's stock to his wife, but made sure that he retained 51%. Newsday has been a mostly Nassau County/Suffolk County-oriented Long Island tabloid for most of its existence.


Alicia Patterson died, aged 56, following stomach surgery, on July 2, 1963. Her ashes are interred beneath a live oak at her favorite hunting lodge in Kingsland, Ga.


The Alicia Patterson Foundation presents an annual prize to mid-career journalists.

Her nephew, Joseph Medill Patterson Albright, married former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Patterson also had a career in comics, creating the character Deathless Deer with Neysa McMein.

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Alicia Patterson's Timeline

October 15, 1906
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
July 2, 1963
Age 56
New York, New York, United States