Biography of Joseph Medill
Famous American Biographies

JOSEPH MEDILL, one of the most eminent of American journalists, was born in New Brunswick, Canada, April 6, 1823. In 1831 his father moved to Stark county, Ohio, and until 1841 Joseph Medill worked on his father's farm. Later he studied law, and began the practice of that profession in 1846 at New Philadelphia, Ohio. But the newspaper field was more attractive to Mr. Medill, and three years later he founded a free soil Whig paper at Coshocton, Ohio, and after that time journalism received all his abilities. ''The Leader," another free soil Whig paper, was founded by Mr. Medill at Cleveland in 1852. In that city he also became one of the first organizers of the Republican party. Shortly after that event he removed to Chicago and in 1855, with two partners, he purchased the "Chicago Tribune." In the contest for the nomination for the presidency in 1860, Mr. Medill worked with unflagging zeal for Mr. Lincoln, his warm personal friend, and was one of the president's stanchest supporters during the war. Mr. Medill was a member of the Illinois Constitutional convention in 1870. President Grant, in 1871, appointed the editor a member of the first United States civil service commission, and the following year, after the fire, he was elected mayor of Chicago by a great majority. During 1873 and 1874 Mr. Medill spent a year in Europe. Upon his return he purchased a controlling interest in the "Chicago Tribune."

A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.


Online Biographies is part of the RatsNest Group of websites which is striving to be your one stop source for History, Biographies and New England Genealogy. Please fell free to use all ouf sites as often as you need them, that is what they are here for. If you have a web site you are always welcome to link to any of the pages that we have online. Remember that new pages are being added all the time so you will find something new on most visits.

There are now over 10,000 biographies at this web site.

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies Counter

Famous American

Names A to H
Names I to Z

Online -

Biographies of the Presidents.

Railway Officials in America 1906

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012