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1940 Frank Gannett Biography Newspaper Tycoon Signed

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FRANK GANNETT A Biography by SAMUEL WILLIAMSON 1940 FIRST EDITION/ FIRST PRINTING Duell, Sloan Pearce NEW YORK Hardcover, 250 pages SIGNED BY FRANK GANNETT Newspaper tycoon Frank Ernest Gannett (1876 - 1957) founded the Gannett media corporation. He was born in South Bristol, New York and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At the age of 30, he purchased his first newspaper, the Elmira Gazette (now the Star-Gazette). Six years later, in 1912, he purchased the Ithaca Journal. In 1918, he and his partners moved their headquarters to Rochester, New York where they acquired the old Union and Advertiser combined as the Times-Union (the former evening paper of Rochester). In 1923 Gannett bought out his partners and formed his eponymous holding company which then consisted of six newspapers. In 1928 Gannett had purchased the Democrat and Chronicle morning paper of Rochester. By 1929 the company owned 16 newspapers. Active in state politics, Gannett took a neutral stand to the New Deal in 1936 before joining the opposition against President Franklin D. Roosevelt's court-packing scheme. He helped the Republicans retake control of Rochester's City Council a year later. At one time (1939-1940), he ran for presidential nomination. He was a founding member of the National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government. In his remaining years he worked hard to modernize his regional newspaper conglomerate. He was always striving to obtain modern ideas and machinery. The Gannett company owned 22 newspapers at the time of Gannett's death in Rochester in 1957. However, it was only after he died that the company grew nation-wide. The Gannett Corporation that he founded today includes such newspapers as USA Today. Where better to find a book signed by the great Frank Gannett, than Elmira, New York, the place where he first got involved in the newspaper business which is still going strong today. The signed and dated inscription on the presentation bookplate reads: "To Deana Winfield Dilly, With Appreciation and best wishes to my fellow worker- April 30, 1940 - Frank Gannett". The book can be difficult to find. A copy signed by Frank Gannett is much more scarce. BOOK DESCRIPTION/CONDITION: First Edition/ First Printing. Signed copy. No jacket. Beige cloth hardcover with title in maroon on spine. Hardly any wear, just slight cover smudging. Very Good. Nice copy!
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