Crosby Stuart Noyes

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Crosby Stuart Noyes
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Crosby Stuart Noyes
Born (1823-02-16)February 16, 1823
Minot, Maine
Died February 21, 1908(1908-02-21) (aged 85)
Pasadena, California
Employer Washington Evening Star
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Selina Williams
Children Theodore W. Noyes
Frank Brett Noyes

Crosby Stuart Noyes (February 16, 1825 - February 21, 1908) was the publisher of the Washington Evening Star.

Biography[edit]

Noyes was born on February 16, 1825 in Minot, Maine. He was interested in writing from his childhood, publishing his own juvenile newspaper called the Minot Notion when he was fifteen. Maine newspapers later began to print humorous sketches that he had written. One such sketch, a dialect-heavy piece titled "A Yankee in a Cotton Factory" was widely republished.[1]

Having arranged to write letters from Washington for several New England newspapers, he travelled to Washington, D.C. in 1847; his funds running low and unable to afford train fare, he had to walk from Baltimore to Washington.[2]

For several months, Noyes worked for a bookseller, as an usher in a theatre, and as a route agent for the Baltimore Sun before becoming a writer for a local weekly, the Washington News. He also began writing reports in the form of letters for newspapers in Maine, Boston, and Philadelphia, and became part of the press gallery that covered the United States Congress.[2]

In 1855 Noyes became a reporter for the Evening Star, managed by William Douglas Wallach. Circulation increased in the decade before the American Civil War, and Noyes developed contacts with the Lincoln administration's cabinet such that the Star became an outlet for official announcements. In 1867 Noyes became editor-in-chief after Wallach sold the paper to Noyes and two other investors for $110,000.[3]

After the Civil War, Noyes and his newspaper crusaded to improve Washington's buildings and infrastructure, encouraging the efforts of Alexander Robey Shepherd.[2]

He married Elizabeth S. Williams in 1856. They had two sons, Theodore Williams and Frank Brett.[2] Theodore was an associate editor at the Evening Star, and Frank was the treasurer and business manager.[3]

In 1893, Noyes and Brainard Warner, an early developer of Kensington, MD, built and stocked what became the first public library in the DC area, now known as the Noyes Children's Library in Kensington.[4]

He died on February 21, 1908 in Pasadena, California.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noyes, Crosby S (4 November 1847). "A Yankee in a Cotton Factory". Commercial Advertiser. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Proctor, John Clagett (1932). Washington Past and Present. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. pp. 890–894. 
  3. ^ a b Crew, Harvey W. (1892). Centennial History of the City of Washington D.C.. Dayton, Ohio: United Brethern Publishing House. 
  4. ^ Ditto, Gary. Kensington Stories. 
  5. ^ "Crosby S. Noyes editor of the Washington Star, died late this afternoon". Dallas Morning News. February 22, 1908. Retrieved 2008-12-14. "Crosby Stewart Noyes, whose death was reported today from Pasadena, Cal., was 83 years of age, and no less than sixty years of his manhood had been spent in the newspaper business. He was born in Minot, Maine, Feb. 16, 1825, and, finding farm life too hard for his frail physique, he came to Washington in 1847, making the last stages of his journey on foot for lack of funds. He began his newspaper work in the following year as a special correspondent and a writer for the Washington News. From that date until a week preceding his death Mr. Noyes labored unceasingly at his chosen profession, and set a high example upon Washington journalism as a purveyor of clean, sound, active facts." [dead link]
  6. ^ "Surrounded by All Members of Family, Veteran Washington Editor Passes Away at Pasadena. His Long and Useful Career.". Los Angeles Times. February 22, 1908. "Crosby Stuart Noyes, editor-in-chief of the Washington Evening Star, died at 5:30 o'clock last evening at the Hotel Raymond, Pasadena, after an illness ..." 

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