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) was an American businessman and sportsman.

Early life[edit]

Edward Russell Thomas was born on December 30, 1875.[1][2] He was a son of Union general Samuel Thomas.[3] He graduated from Yale University.[3]


Thomas was a senior member of Thomas & Thomas, a Wall Street firm.[3]

He acquired the New York Morning Telegraph from the estate of William Collins Whitney in 1904.[2][4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] He was a member of the Union Club of the City of New York.[3]


He died on July 6, 1926.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders (N-U), p.1453-55 (1983) (ISBN 978-0313213625
  2. ^ a b c (7 July 1926) E. R, THOMAS, NOTED SPORTSMAN, DIES, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
  3. ^ a b c d "About Clubmen". The New York Times. 10 August 1902. p. 45. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ (22 March 1904) The Morning Telegraph Sold, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
  5. ^ Murrell, Muriel V. Miami, a backward glance, Ch.16 (2003)(ISBN 978-1561642861) (book chapter dedicated to actress Lucy Cotton)