Henry Haven Windsor
|Henry Haven Windsor|
|Born||November 13, 1859|
|Died||May 11, 1924|
|Other names||H.H. Windsor|
|Known for||Founder and first editor of Popular Mechanics'|
Henry Haven Windsor (November 13, 1859 – May 11, 1924), American author, magazine editor, and publisher, was the founder and first editor of Popular Mechanics. He was succeeded as editor by his son, Henry Haven Windsor, Jr (1898-1965). According to a brief biography published by Press Club of Chicago in 1922, Windsor was born in a log cabin near Mitchell, Iowa, the son of Rev. William D. D. Windsor and Harriet Butler (Holmes) Windsor. He attended Iowa College (later known as Grinnell College), graduating in 1884. On June 25, 1889, he married Lina B. Jackson in Marengo, Illinois.
From 1879 to 1880, he served as city editor of the Marshalltown, Iowa Times-Republican. During 1881-82 he was private secretary to officials of the Northern Pacific Railway in Saint Paul, Minnesota. From 1883 to 1891, he was secretary of the Chicago City Railway. In 1892 he founded the magazine Street Railway Review, serving as editor and president. He also founded Brick and Rural Free Delivery News. Beginning in 1901, he was editor and president of the magazine Popular Mechanics.
As of 1922, Windsor maintained homes in Evanston, Illinois (at 1120 Forrest Avenue); Camden, Maine; and Daytona Beach, Florida. His office address was 6 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Windsor gave his political affiliation as Republican and his religious affiliation as Congregationalist. He was a member of several clubs, including the Press Club, Chicago Athletic Club, South Shore Country Club, Chicago Yacht Club, National Press Club in Washington, D. C, University Club in Evanston, Illinois, Atlantic Yacht Club, and the Camden Yacht Club in Camden, Maine. He was a member of the first board of directors of the Hamilton Club.
Windsor is buried in Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago.
- Lancaster, Paul, "Crazy about Invention,"American Heritage Invention and Technology:
- Whittaker, Wayne, "The Story of Popular Mechanics" Popular Mechanics, January 1952, p. 127ff.
- Derby, George and White, James Terry, The National Cyclopædia of American Biography vol. 15 p. 55
- Windsor's grave at Findagrave.com
- Works by Henry Haven Windsor at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Henry Haven Windsor at Internet Archive
- Public domain photo of H.H. Windsor
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