Dorothy Schiff

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Dorothy Schiff

Owner and then publisher of the New York Post for nearly 40 years add

Category: Literature

Born in 1903.

Countries: United States (70%), France (10%), Australia (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: New York Post, Mortimer L. Schiff, The Nation

Linked to: New York Post, Brearley School, Bryn Mawr College, Democratic Party




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Dorothy Schiff was born in 1903 add something


Schiff's first marriage came in 1923, in spite of strong resistance by her parents, to Richard B.W. Hall, a broker add something


In the 1930s when she married George Backer, a city councillor and a staunch liberal Democrat, Schiff's political stance changed and she became a strong supporter of the Democratic party and the New Deal add something


Mortimer L. Schiff - His son John Mortimer Schiff was involved with the BSA. He was the father of Dorothy Schiff, who was the owner and publisher of the New York Post from 1939 to 1976


New York Post - In 1939, Dorothy Schiff purchased the paper


The Nation - The "New York Evening Post" would later morph into a tabloid; the "New York Post" was a left-leaning afternoon tabloid under owner Dorothy Schiff from 1939 to 1976 and, since then, has been a conservative tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, while "The Nation" became known for its markedly liberal politics


During the 1940s, "The Post" featured the most popular columnists of the time, such as Drew Pearson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Eric Sevareid add something


When he resigned in 1942, she took up the mantle and became New York's first female newspaper publisher add something


After divorcing Backer in 1943, she married Ted Thackrey, whom she had earlier installed as editor; it was Thackrey's idea to change the "Post's" format from a broadsheet to a tabloid add something


In 1945, Schiff launched the "Paris Post", the second ever American newspaper to be published in Paris add something


Thackrey left the "Post" after a disagreement over whom to support for the presidency in 1948; Thackrey favored Henry A. Wallace whereas Schiff favored Thomas Dewey add something


This caused Thackrey to resign in 1949, and they divorced a year later add something


In 1958, Schiff caused controversy by withdrawing her support at the last minute of Governor Averell Harriman add something


She remained as an official consultant until 1981, although she played no actual role at the paper add something

Dorothy Schiff died in 1989 add something


She died at her home in New York City on August 30, 1989 add something


A more complete biography, "The Lady Upstairs: Dorothy Schiff and the New York Post" by Marilyn Nissenson, was published in 2007 add something


Robert W. Sweet - Sweet was married to Adele Hall Sweet, daughter of publisher Dorothy Schiff, who died at the age of 93 on December 21, 2018