Henry Regnery

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Henry Regnery
Born(1912-01-05)January 5, 1912
DiedJune 18, 1996(1996-06-18) (aged 84)
ChildrenAlfred S. Regnery
Parent(s)William H. Regnery
Francis Susan Thrasher

Henry Regnery (January 5, 1912 – June 18, 1996) was an American publisher.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Henry Regnery was born on January 5, 1912[5] in Hinsdale, Illinois, the next to youngest of five children of Frances Susan Thrasher and William Henry Regnery, a wealthy textile manufacturer.[1][3][4][6][7] He obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1934, and an M.A. from Harvard University, where he worked with Joseph Schumpeter.[1][2][3][4][6] He also studied at Armour Institute of Technology, and from 1934 to 1936 at the University of Bonn.[1][4][6] Shortly after, he became a member of the America First Committee.[6]


Regnery financed the creation of Human Events in 1944.[2] His publishing company, the Henry Regnery Company, now known as Regnery Publishing, would go on to publish two conservative classics, William F. Buckley's God and Man at Yale (1951) and Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind (1953).[2][3][4]


Regnery was a member of the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Literary Club.[6] He was a trustee of Shimer College in the early 1960s.[8] Regnery was the president of the Philadelphia Society.[9]

Death and legacy[edit]

Regnery died in Chicago on June 18, 1996, of complications of brain surgery.[10] His papers are kept at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.[11]

His son is lawyer, author and publisher Alfred S. Regnery.[12]


  • Creative Chicago: From the Chap-Book to the University
  • The Cliff Dwellers: The History of a Chicago Cultural Institution
  • Memoirs of a Dissident Publisher


  1. ^ a b c d NNDB webpage
  2. ^ a b c d Robert McG. Thomas Jr, 'Henry Regnery, 84, Ground-Breaking Conservative Publisher', in The New York Times, June 23, 1996 [1]
  3. ^ a b c d Jeffrey O. Nelson, 'Henry Regnery: Missionary of Culture', in The Intercollegiate Review, Fall 1996, pp.14–22
  4. ^ a b c d e First Principles Journal biography
  5. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/article-1G2-2874700239/regnery-henry.html
  6. ^ a b c d e Chicago Literary Club biography
  7. ^ http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=891
  8. ^ "Board of Trustees". Shimer College Record. 52 (4). December 1960.
  9. ^ The Philadelphia Society Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Thomas Jr., Robert McG., "Henry Regnery, 84, Ground-Breaking Conservative Publisher", obituary, The New York Times, June 23, 2007.
  11. ^ http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9v19q4s4
  12. ^ Intercollegiate Studies Institute biography