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Ralph Pulitzer

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Death: June 14, 1939 (60)
New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph (József) Pulitzer and Katherine 'Kate' Pulitzer (Davis)
Husband of Margaret Kernochan Leech
Ex-husband of Frederica Vanderbilt Pulitzer
Father of Seward Webb Pulitzer; Ralph Jr. Pulitzer and Susan Pulitzer
Brother of Lucille Irma Pulitzer; Joseph Pulitzer; Herbert "Tony" Pulitzer; Constance Pulitzer and Edith Pulitzer

Managed by: William Matthew Webb
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About Ralph Pulitzer

Influential publisher and socialite Ralph Pulitzer (June 11, 1879 – June 14, 1939) was the eldest son of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer and Kate Davis Pulitzer. Upon his father's death in October 1911, he become president of the Press Publishing Company, which published the New York World and the Evening World. He thus acquired control of the influential New York City newspapers founded by his father. For decades, Ralph Pulitzer was one of the most influential men in American journalism.

Ralph Pulitzer was born on June 11, 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri.

His father, Joseph Pulitzer, was a newspaper magnate.[2]

Pulitzer was educated at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University.

Career: Pulitzer served as the publisher of the New York World until 1931, when it was acquired by E. W. Scripps Company.[ He subsequently served as the vice president of the Pulitzer Publishing Company, which published the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pulitzer was the author of two books. His first book, entitled New York Society on Parade, was published in 1910. His second book, entitled Over the Front in an Aeroplane and scenes inside the French and Flemish Trenches, was published in 1915; it was about World War I. His book contains descriptions of life in the trenches and the artillery used by the French in the early months of the War. It also includes sixteen photographs taken during his tour of several locations on the Front.

Personal life and death: Pulitzer was married twice. In 1905 he married Frederica Vanderbilt Webb, the daughter of Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb and William Seward Webb. They had two sons, Ralph Jr. and Seward Webb Pulitzer. They divorced in Paris, France in 1924. In 1928 he married Margaret Leech, who, after his death, received two Pulitzer Prizes for her own work. The daughter by this second marriage died of infantile paralysis, or poliomyelitis, in France before her first birthday.

Pulitzer was an active supporter of the National Air Races. He sponsored the Pulitzer Trophy Race to encourage higher speed in landplanes. He was also a big-game hunter.

Pulitzer died during an abdominal operation on June 14, 1939 at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. His funeral was held at St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx. [1]

[1] Wikipedia

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Ralph Pulitzer's Timeline

June 11, 1879
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
August 28, 1906
Age 27
New York, New York, United States
October 5, 1911
Age 32
New York, New York, United States
June 14, 1939
Age 60
New York, New York, United States