William E. Quinby

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William E. Quinby (December 14, 1835 – June 7, 1908) was an American newspaper publisher and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to the Netherlands.

Biography[edit]

William Emory Quinby was born in Brewer, Maine on December 14, 1835. His family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1850, where his father Daniel F. Quinby published a magazine, The Literary Miscellany. William Quinby attended Gregory's Business College in Detroit before transferring to the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1858. He then studied law, attained admission to the bar and practiced in Detroit for two years. In 1861 he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.[1]

Deciding to abandon law for journalism, in 1861 Quinby became a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. By 1872 he had purchased the majority of stock in the paper and advanced to editor-in chief.[2]

Active in politics as a Democrat, in 1893 President Grover Cleveland nominated him as Ambassador to the Netherlands, where he served until 1897.[3][4]

In 1896 the University of Michigan awarded him the honorary degree of LL.D. In 1900, Quinby wrote a letter for the Detroit Century Box time capsule.[5] He retired in 1906 and died in Detroit on June 7, 1908.[6][7][8] He was buried in Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ University Magazine Company, Biography, William Emory Quinby, 1892, page 515
  2. ^ John Howard Brown, Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States, Volume 6, 1903, page 385
  3. ^ New York Times, Minister to the Netherlands; William E. Quinby of the detroit Free Press Appointed, May 26, 1893
  4. ^ Rossiter Johnson, John Howard Brown, The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, 1904, Quinby-Quincy
  5. ^ "Progress of Journalism in the Last Century". Detroit Historical Society. 
  6. ^ Detroit Free Press, Retirement: William E. Quinby, December 30, 1906
  7. ^ University of Michigan Alumni Association, University of Michigan Alumnus magazine, Volume 14, 1908, page 489
  8. ^ New England Geneaological Historical Society, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 62, 1908, page 394
  9. ^ William Emory Quinby at Find A Grave
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Samuel R. Thayer
U.S. Minister to the Netherlands
1893–1897
Succeeded by
Stanford Newel