Edward W. Scripps: Lord of the penny press
Complex, quixotic and filled with contradictions, E.W. Scripps created a newspaper empire that included more than 30 newspapers in 15 states, the United Press Association, King Features Syndicates and other related companies. Tall, ungainly, with a mop of red hair as bright as his vanity and his pants tucked into boots, E.W. -- or the "Old Man" as he was frequently called -- came from a family steeped in journalism. His grandfather edited the True Britain, and was part owner of the Literary Gazette in London. His cousin, John Locke Scripps, was one of the founders of the Chicago Tribune. A half brother, James M. Scripps, edited and owned several newspapers including the Detroit News, where E.W. got his start.