Milton A. McRae

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Milton A. McRae
Born July 13, 1858
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died October 11, 1930(1930-10-11) (aged 72)

Colonel Milton Alexander McRae (July 13, 1858 – October 11, 1930) was an American newspaper publisher who co-founded the Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers (now Scripps-Howard) and United Press International.

The son of Helen and Duncan Van McRae, he was born in Detroit, Michigan in the United States. McRae attended the Detroit Public Schools and attended but did not graduate from Detroit Medical College.[1]

In 1883, while serving as advertising manager of The Cincinnati Post, McRae met thirty-year-old E. W. Scripps, who had taken over as managing editor. The two began a business relationship that would last for many years.

In 1887, Scripps made McRae the managing director of the St. Louis Chronicle, a paper Scripps had purchased in 1880. In 1889, Scripps brought McRae on as a partner, and in 1894, together with Scripps and his half-brother George, McRae founded the Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers.

In 1907, the Scripps-McRae League of newspapers combined three regional press associations into the United Press Association.

McRae was President of the Detroit Board of Commerce from 1911 to 1912. He became the third National president of the Boy Scouts of America upon the death of James J. Storrow in 1926.


See also[edit]

Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
James J. Storrow
National president
March–May 1926
Succeeded by
Walter W. Head


  1. ^ Smith, William Ernest and Ophia Delilah Smith (1964). History of Southwestern Ohio, the Miami Valleys. Lewis Historical Pub. Co. via Google Books snippet view. p. 19. Retrieved 2008-10-30.