Bennett, James Gordon (1795-1872)

Bennett, James Gordon (1795-1872), born at Keith, Banffshire, was trained for the Catholic priesthood, but emigrated to America in 1819, where he became in turn teacher, proof-reader, journalist, and lecturer. He issued the New York Herald, May 6, 1835, price one cent, spared no effort and expense in securing news, and laid the foundation of its huge success. His son and successor, James Gordon Bennett (1841-1918), showed like enterprise. He sent Stanley to find Livingstone, and supplied funds for his Congo journey (1874-73). He also promoted polar exploration, the issue of storm warnings, auto-mobilism, and yachting.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 89.

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