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Medill, Josephlocked

(06 April 1823–16 March 1899)
  • Joseph P. McKerns


Medill, Joseph (06 April 1823–16 March 1899), editor and principal owner of the Chicago Tribune (1855-1899), editor and principal owner of the Chicago Tribune (1855–1899), was born on a small farm near what is now St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the eldest son of William Medill and Margaret Corbett. His parents were immigrants from Belfast, Ireland, where his father and grandfather were shipbuilders. The family moved to Stark County, Ohio, near Massillon, when Medill was nine. There he attended the Massillon Village Academy and later studied law for about two years in nearby Canton, Ohio. He established a law practice in New Philadelphia, Ohio, soon after being admitted to the bar in November 1846. There he met Katharine Patrick, daughter of the owner of the ...

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