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Benjamin Henry Day

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: West Springfield,, Massachusetts, United States
Death: December 21, 1889 (79)
New York City, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Day and Mary Ely
Husband of Evelina Day
Father of Benjamin Henry Day, Jr.; Mary Ely Day; Henry Day and Clarence Shepard Day, Sr
Brother of Julia Ann Day; Alfred Ely Day; Sarah Dwight Day; Drusilla Brewster Day and Mary Ely Day

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About Benjamin Henry Day

American newspaper publisher Benjamin Day founded the New York Sun, the first penny press newspaper in the United States, in 1833.

He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 10, 1810 to Henry Day, a hatter, and Mary Ely. Day started his printing career in 1824, at the Springfield Republican.

Day's Sun was responsible for the story of Richard Adams Locke published in 1835 in which he wrote a story about life on the moon that was fictional, but was received by the general public as fact. The publicity of the article was widespread at that time and now is referred to as "The Great Moon Hoax". He is credited with stretching the truth that came to be known as Sensationalism. Day is also credited for importing to the United States the London Plan, a largely antiquated system today of newspaper distribution in which the paper carriers buy newspapers in bulk from the publisher and sell the papers to the reading public for a profit.

Day sold the Sun to his brother-in-law Moses Yale Beach for $40,000 in 1838.[6] Afterwards he started the True Sun in 1840, which had but a brief run. In 1842, he created the Brother Jonathan, the first illustrated weekly in the U.S., which he ran for twenty years.

He married Evelina Shepard (b. 1811) in 1831, and had four children: Henry (b. 1832), Mary Ely Day (1833–38), Benjamin Henry Day, Jr. (b. 1838), the inventor of Ben-Day dots, and Clarence Shephard Day (1844-1927), a stockbroker (and father of author Clarence Shephard, Jr.).

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Benjamin Henry Day's Timeline

April 10, 1810
Massachusetts, United States
July 8, 1832
Age 22
New York, New York, USA
October 28, 1833
Age 23
New York, New York, USA
March 7, 1838
Age 27
New York, New York, USA
August 9, 1844
Age 34
New York, New York, USA
December 21, 1889
Age 79
New York City, New York, United States