Charles Scribner II

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Charles Scribner II
Charles Scribner by V Floyd Campbell.jpg
Portrait of Charles Scribner II by V. Floyd Campbell
Born (1854-10-18)October 18, 1854
Died April 19, 1930(1930-04-19) (aged 75)
Cause of death Heart attack
Education Princeton University (1875)
Employer Charles Scribner's Sons
Spouse(s) Louise Flagg
Children Charles Scribner III
Parent(s) Charles Scribner I
Emma Elizabeth Blair (1827–1869)
Relatives Arthur Hawley Scribner, brother
John Blair Scribner, brother
Ernest Flagg, brotherinlaw

Charles Scribner II (October 18, 1854 – April 19, 1930) was the president of Charles Scribner's Sons and a trustee at Skidmore College.


He was born in New York City on October 18, 1854. He joined his father's publishing company in 1875 after his Princeton graduation.[1] When the other partners in the venture sold their stake to the family, the company was renamed Charles Scribner's Sons. In 1884, Scribner's younger brother, Arthur Hawley Scribner, joined Charles Scribner's Sons. The book publishing business was highly successful, and in 1886 Scribner's Magazine was relaunched. It too was a great success. In 1889, Scribner was a founding member of the American Publishers Association.[2] He was a trustee at Skidmore College.[3]

He died on April 19, 1930.[4]


His summer house in Cornwall, New York, was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Scribner's brother-in-law, Ernest Flagg, was an architect and designed two Beaux-Arts buildings for the firm's New York headquarters.


  1. ^ "Archives of Charles Scribner's Sons". Princeton University. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Charles Scribner, 1821–1871 (Princeton Class of 1840), Charles Scribner, 1854–1930 (Princeton Class of 1875), Arthur Hawley Scribner, 1859–1932 (Princeton Class of 1881), Charles Scribner, 1890–1952 (Princeton Class of 1913), Charles Scribner, 1921–1995 (Princeton Class of 1943), Charles Scribner, 1951– (Princeton Class of 1973) 
  2. ^ "The Price of Books" (PDF). New York Times. October 13, 1900. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Mourned at Skidmore. Up-State College Pays Tribute to Mr. Scribner, a Trustee". New York Times. April 23, 1930. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Mr. Scribner, brother-in-law of Mrs. Lucy Skidmore Scribner, was a trustee of the college almost from the beginning, becoming a member of the board in 1912. ... 
  4. ^ "Charles Scribner Dies suddenly at 76. Publisher Succumbs to Heart Disease at Home Here. Was at Desk Thursday. Entered Firm as Youth. Directed Business His Father Founded. Fostered Work of American Authors. Firm Founded in 1846. Received Honorary Degree". New York Times. April 20, 1930. Retrieved 2008-07-24. Charles Scribner, chairman of the Board of Directors of the publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons, 597 Fifth Avenue, which was founded by his father, died suddenly at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon of heart ... 

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