Ralph Pulitzer

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Ralph Pulitzer
Ralph Pulitzer.jpg
Born June 11, 1879
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died June 14, 1939 (aged 60)
New York City, U.S.
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Publisher
Spouse(s) Frederica Vanderbilt Webb
Margaret Leech
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Parent(s) Joseph Pulitzer
Katherine Davis
Relatives William Seward Webb (father-in-law)
Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb (mother-in-law)

Ralph Pulitzer (June 11, 1879 – June 14, 1939) was an American heir, newspaper publisher and author. He served as the president of the Press Publishing Company, which published the New York World and the Evening World.

Early life[edit]

Ralph Pulitzer was born on June 11, 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] His father, Joseph Pulitzer, was a newspaper magnate.[2]

Pulitzer was educated at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University.[2]


Pulitzer served as the publisher of the New York World until 1931, when it was acquired by E. W. Scripps Company.[2] He subsequently served as the vice president of the Pulitzer Publishing Company, which published the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.[1]

Pulitzer was the author of two books. His first book, entitled New York Society on Parade, was published in 1910.[2] His second book, entitled Over the Front in an Aeroplane and scenes inside the French and Flemish Trenches, was published in 1915; it was about World War I.[2] His book contains descriptions of life in the trenches and the artillery used by the French in the early months of the War. It also includes sixteen photographs taken during his tour of several locations on the Front.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Pulitzer was married twice. In 1905 he married Frederica Vanderbilt Webb,[2] the daughter of Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb and William Seward Webb. They had two sons, Ralph Jr. and Seward Webb Pulitzer. They divorced in Paris, France in 1924. In 1928 he married Margaret Leech,[2] who, after his death, received two Pulitzer Prizes for her own work. The daughter by this second marriage died of infantile paralysis, or poliomyelitis, in France before her first birthday.[4]

Pulitzer was an active supporter of the National Air Races. He sponsored the Pulitzer Trophy Race to encourage higher speed in landplanes. He was also a big-game hunter.[1]

Pulitzer died during an abdominal operation on June 14, 1939 at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.[2] His funeral was held at St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx.[5]


  • Pulitzer, Ralph (1910). New York Society on Parade. New York: Harper & Bros. OCLC 2880641. 
  • Pulitzer, Ralph (1915). Over the Front in an Aeroplane, and Scenes inside the French and Flemish Trenches. New York: Harper & Bros. OCLC 1635679. 


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