The Washington Times-Herald was an American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It was created by Eleanor Josephine Medill Patterson ("Cissy" Patterson, 1881-1948), (of the Medill-McCormick-Patterson family which were long-time owners of the Chicago Tribune and the trend-setting New York Daily News and founding later Newsday on New York's Long Island) when she bought the Herald and the Times (not to be confused with the modern Washington Times, founded 1982 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012) and the Unification Church) from the syndicate newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), and merged them. The result was a "24 hour" newspaper, with 10 editions per day, from morning to evening.
In 1917, Hearst had gained control of the old Washington Times, a paper established in 1894 which had been owned by Congressman Charles G. Conn (1844-1931) of Elkhart, Indiana, publisher Stilson Hutchins (1838-1912) (previous founder/owner of The Washington Post, 1877-1889, and most recently Frank A. Munsey (1854-1925), publisher of an extensive newspaper syndicate, financier, banker and magazine publisher, (known as the "Dealer in Dailies" and the "Undertaker of Journalism") before selling to Hearst during World War I. Hearst merged it with the Washington Herald in 1922 to create the Washington Times-Herald.
Patterson, a member of the Medill-McCormick-Patterson family of newspaper publishers, had been editor of both papers since 1930, and leased them from Hearst in 1937. She had wanted to buy the paper for years. Her chance came at the confluence of Hearst's near-bankruptcy (increasing costs of building "castle" resort home on Pacific coastline at San Simeon, California) and the purchase attempts by the rival Washington Post family of Eugene Meyer (1879-1959) and Phillip L. Graham (1915-1963) who had bought the then bankrupt Post at auction in 1933. Patterson ran the merged paper until her death in 1948. It was subsequently purchased by her cousin, Robert R. McCormick (then-publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune), along with Cissy Patterson's brother Joseph (founder of the trend-setting New York Daily News. Both Patterson and McCormick maintained a conservative editorial stance for the paper.
In 1954, the Times-Herald was purchased by, and merged into its liberal rival, The Post. For a time, the combined paper was officially known as the Washington Post and Times-Herald; the Times-Herald portion of the masthead became less and less prominent on a second line in ensuing years, however, and was dropped entirely in 1973.
The Washington Times-Herald Building was built by architect Philip Morrisson Jullien.
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