Edward Russell Thomas

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Edward Russell Thomas
Born December 30, 1875
Died July 6, 1926(1926-07-06) (aged 50)
Occupation Businessman, Newspaper publisher
Nationality U.S.

Edward Russell Thomas (December 30, 1875 - July 6, 1926)[1] was an American businessman and sportsman, and owner of the New York Morning Telegraph, which he bought in 1904 from the estate of William Collins Whitney.[2][3] He was a son of Union general Samuel Thomas, and became the first American to kill someone in a car accident.

From 1901 to 1912, he was married to Linda Lee Thomas. In 1912, he married Elizabeth R. Finley. In 1924, he married actress Lucy Cotton. Their daughter, Lucetta, inherited Thomas' fortune.[4]


  1. ^ Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders (N-U), p.1453-55 (1983) (ISBN 978-0313213625
  2. ^ (7 July 1926) E. R, THOMAS, NOTED SPORTSMAN, DIES, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
  3. ^ (22 March 1904) The Morning Telegraph Sold, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
  4. ^ Murrell, Muriel V. Miami, a backward glance, Ch.16 (2003)(ISBN 978-1561642861) (book chapter dedicated to actress Lucy Cotton)