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Pulitzer, Josephlocked

(10 April 1847–29 October 1911)
  • Daniel W. Pfaff

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Pulitzer, Joseph (10 April 1847–29 October 1911), newspaper owner, editor, and publisher, was born in Mako, Hungary, the son of Philip Pulitzer, a grain and produce merchant, and Louise Berger. His father, born in Mako, and his mother, born in Pest, were both Jewish, though most accounts identify his father as a Hungarian Jew and his mother as an Austrian-German Catholic. Whether Pulitzer knew both parents were Jewish is uncertain. As an adult, he and his family were relatively casual Episcopalians, his wife’s affiliation, which their descendants continued. He occasionally was the subject of anti-Semitic remarks, which he ignored. Nor did he respond to criticisms from Jews and others for his unwillingness to publicly acknowledge his racial heritage, but “tended to recoil from racial or religious discussions” (Swanberg, p. 140)....

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