In June 1872, in a rare slip of English syntax, Harper's Weekly reported: "To few men is it given, after struggling in poverty and obscurity through nearly two-thirds of the allotted period of human life, to achieve a dazzling success." The subject of the article, James Gordon Bennett, had amassed a fortune after establishing the leading newspaper of his day, the New York Herald, and he did it after an interminable period of grinding failure. Bennett was born in Scotland in 1795. His father was a prosperous Catholic farmer who wanted both his boys, James and Cosmos, to enter the priesthood.