George Gough Booth

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George Gough Booth
George Gough Booth 1920 circa.jpg
Born(1864-09-24)September 24, 1864
DiedApril 11, 1949(1949-04-11) (aged 84)
Spouse(s)Ellen W. Scripps
Parent(s)Henry Wood Booth

George Gough Booth (September 24, 1864 – April 11, 1949) was the publisher of the privately held Evening News Association, a co-founder of Booth Newspapers, and a philanthropist.


He was born on September 24, 1864 in Toronto to Henry Wood Booth.

Booth got his start in the newspaper industry as the son-in-law of James E. Scripps (who, in turn, was the older half-brother and one-time partner of E.W. Scripps). With his two brothers, George started with The Detroit News and, in 1893, founded the independent Booth Newspapers, a chain spanning the southern half of Michigan.[1][2]

He died on April 11, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Michigan.


Booth and his wife, Ellen Scripps Booth, founded the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1904, the Booths purchased the site of the present-day CEC as a place for their summer home. They hired noted architect Albert Kahn to design their country manor, Cranbrook House. As their country estate grew both in purpose and in scale, Booth had both noted architect Eliel Saarinen and renowned sculptor Carl Milles in residence for many years at CEC.

Booth was an avid student of the Arts and Crafts movement and, together, brothers Ralph and George Booth were major benefactors of the Detroit Institute of Arts.


Booth Newspapers was sold to Advance Publications, a Samuel I. Newhouse property, in 1976. Evening News Association was eventually sold to the Gannett Company in 1985. MediaNews Group currently owns The Detroit News.

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  1. ^ "Newhouse Acquires Booth Chain of Newspapers for $305 Million". The New York Times. 9 November 1976.
  2. ^ The Evening News Association at one time held newspaper and broadcasting properties located from coast to coast. During Booth's time, the ENA consisted of only The Detroit News and WWJ AM-FM-TV.