Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812–9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz," was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters. Many of his novels, with their recurrent theme of social reform, first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a popular format for fiction at the time.
John Edward Taylor (11 September 1791 – 6 January 1844) was the founder of the Manchester Guardian newspaper, later to become The Guardian. He was born at Ilminster, Somerset, England, to Mary Scott, the poet, and John Taylor, a Unitarian minister. He was apprenticed to a cotton manufacturer in Manchester, and later became a successful merchant.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893) was born to Abraham and Harriett Shadd, both free-born blacks, in Wilmington, Delaware. She was the oldest in her family of 13 children. Her father, a shoemaker, was a key figure in the Underground Railroad and a subscription agent for William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator.
Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer, KBE (3 December 1906 – 1 May 1974), was an Australian media proprietor who controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network. Born in Kings Cross, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, to Ethel Maude, née Hewson and R.C. Packer who started the family's association with the media as a journalist in New South Wales. R.C.
Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, KCMG (12 April 1816 – 9 February 1903) Irish nationalist and Australian colonial politician, was the 8th Premier of Victoria and one of the most colourful figures in Victorian political history. Duffy was born in Dublin Street, Monaghan Town, County Monaghan, Ireland, the son of a Catholic shopkeeper.
William Henry "Bill" Wright (April 21, 1876 – September 20, 1951) was a Canadian prospector who discovered the Kirkland Lake Break, which hosted seven gold-producing mines. He used the proceeds from his gold finds to launch a national newspaper in Canada, The Globe and Mail.
John Davies (10 June 1814 – 11 June 1872) co-founded the Australian newspaper The Mercury. Davies was a Jew born in London. He was transported to Hobart, Australia as a convict in August 1831, for ordering candles on someone else's account. His father had been transported to New South Wales only a few years before. On 5 July 1854 he and Auber George Jones, a Tasmanian pastoralist, published the first edition of The Mercury.
John McLean (March 11, 1785 – April 4, 1861) was an American jurist and politician who served in the United States Congress, as U.S. Postmaster General, and as a justice on the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts, and was often discussed for the Whig and Republican nominations for President.
Najam Sethi, an award winning Pakistani journalist, editor, and media personality, is the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times, a Lahore based political weekly, and previously the editor of Daily Times and Daily Aajkal newspapers. He has been awarded the 2009 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers. Sethi and his publications have been in conflict with Pakistani governments on several occasions.
John Walter (1738/9 - November 17, 1812), founder of The Times newspaper, London, was born in London and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood. From the death of his father Richard Walter (about 1755/6), until 1781 he was engaged in a prosperous business as a coal merchant. He played a leading part in establishing a Coal Exchange in London; but shortly after 1781, when he began to occupy himself solely as an underwriter and became a member of Lloyds, he over-speculated and failed.
Abel Heywood (25 February 1810 - 19 August 1893) was an English publisher, radical and mayor of Manchester. Born into a poor family in Prestwich, Heywood started work at nine years old. He was an energetic autodidact who, following a summary dismissal by his manufacturing employer, set up a penny reading room in Manchester. He soon developed the enterprise into publishing a newspaper but refused to pay the stamp duty intended to suppress mass publishing.
John Blake Dillon (5 May 1814 – 15 September 1866) was an Irish writer and Politician who was one of the founding members of the Young Ireland movement. John Blake Dillon was born in the town of Ballaghaderreen, on the border of Co. Mayo and Co. Roscommon. He was educated at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, leaving after only two years there, having decided that he was not meant for the priesthood.
Dr. Manuel Ferraz de Campos Sales (February 15, 1841 – June 28, 1913) was a Brazilian lawyer, coffee farmer and politician; provincial deputy three times, general-deputy once, minister of justice, senator and governor of São Paulo (1894-1897). Elected president of Brazil and served between 1898 and 1902. In his term, there were austere financial reforms.
Meïr Aron Goldschmidt (October 26, 1819 - August 15, 1887) was a Danish publisher, journalist and novelist with a Jewish background. Goldschmidt was born in Vordingborg but raised in Copenhagen. He belonged to a strictly orthodox family but his meeting with classical Greek culture changed much of this attitude and made him hereafter trying to balance between Jewish and non-Jewish thoughts. Especially the Greek idea of Nemesis impressed him and imbued much of his later works.
Norman Jay Coleman (May 16, 1827 – November 3, 1911) was a newspaper publisher and the first United States Secretary of Agriculture. Coleman was born in Richfield Springs, New York, and later moved to Kentucky to become an educator. He received a law degree from the University of Louisville Law School in 1849. Coleman then moved to Missouri and went into farming. In 1855 he founded the Valley Farmer newspaper.
Frederick Marriott (c. 1805 – c. 1884) was an early aviation pioneer and creator of the Avitor Hermes Jr. which was the first unmanned aircraft to fly under its own power in the United States. Marriott is given credit for coining the term "aeroplane," and intended to build an air transport system that would bring people from New York to California without the perils of the normal voyage particularly of the 19th century.
George Washington Williams (October 16, 1849-August 2, 1891) was an American Civil War veteran, minister, politician and historian. Shortly before his death he travelled to King Leopold II's Congo Free State and his open letter to Leopold about the suffering of the region's inhabitants at the hands of Leopold's agents, helped to sway European and American public opinion against the regime running the Congo,, under which some 10 million people lost their lives.
Veton Surroi (born July 17, 1961) is a popular Kosovo Albanian publicist and politician. Surroi is the founder and former leader of the ORA reformist political party, and was a member of Kosovo assembly from 2004 to 2008. Veton Surroi in 1997 established one of the biggest Kosovo Albanian daily newspapers Koha Ditore and was the editor-in-chief for a number of years before deciding to enter politics in Kosovo.
Reverend Agapius Honcharenko (August 31, 1832–May 5, 1916, real name Andrii Humnytsky, aka Ahapii or Ahapius) was a Ukrainian patriot and exiled Greek Orthodox priest. He was a prominent scholar, humanitarian, and early champion for human rights. Born in Kryva, Tarascha county, in Kiev Oblast, Honcharenko was the first Ukrainian political émigré to arrive in the United States. He graduated from the Kiev Theological Seminary and entered the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Lieutenant Colonel John Bayne Maclean (26 September 1862 – 25 September 1950) was a Canadian publisher. He founded Maclean's Magazine, the Financial Post and the Maclean Publishing Company, later known as Maclean-Hunter. He was born in Crieff, Ontario. Maclean's father, Andrew Maclean, was a Presbyterian minister in Puslinch Township who had immigrated to Canada from Scotland.
John James Campbell McLagan (1838-1901) was a newspaper publisher born in Strathardle, Scotland on July 22, 1838. He later moved to Ontario, Canada where he managed the Guelph Mercury with MP James Innes. After living in Winnipeg he moved to Victoria sometime in late 1883. In Victoria he dealt in real estate and filed stories with Toronto Globe. From 1884 to 1888 he operated the Victoria Times.