The History of the New York Post

The History of the New York Post

The New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton, who then chose William Coleman to be its initial editor-in-chief way back again in the New York Post’s early beginnings. Following William Coleman’s short reign he was then replaced by William Cullen Bryant in 1829.

A strong 50 year reign as the New York Post’s editor-in chief, William Cullent Bryant was a staunch believer of defending the rights of those that are becoming enslaved, William Cullent Bryant also showed powerful support for the emerging trade union back then.

Henry Villard’s death again within the 1900s brought the New York Post towards the hands of Villard’s son, Oswald Garrison Villard, who, like his father, also had radical views and opinions concerning politics, women’s suffrage, reform within the trade union and (like his father) fighting for equal rights for black people.

A true advocate for human rights, Oswald Garrison Villard was one of the founding members of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People or NAACP as well as the American Civil Liberties Union or ACTU. In spite of being headstrong with his advocacies, Oswald Garrison Villard was also a popular pacifist, he highly opposed for the American’s participation in the first World War. But this proved to backfire on him as his readers were strong supporters of patriotism so Oswald Garrison Villard, due to the protests of his readers and the pulling out of his advertisers, was forced to sell the New York Post in the year 1918.

1939 saw the New York Post with Dorothy Schiff at its helm. Schiff then asked Ted Thackrey as its new editor-in-chief, who actually turned the daily into a streamlined tabloid. But Schiff’s stay with the New York Post ended with Australian Rupert Murdoch acquiring the newspaper back in 1977.

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