Royal Brougham

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Royal Brougham
Born (1894-09-17)September 17, 1894
St. Louis, Missouri
Died October 30, 1978(1978-10-30) (aged 84)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Education Franklin High School,
(dropped out, age 16)[1]
Occupation Seattle Post-Intelligencer
sports editor
Years active 1910 – 1978
Spouse(s) Alice Brougham
Children 1 daughter:
Alice Brougham Soriano

Royal Brewer Brougham (September 17, 1894 – October 30, 1978)[1] was one of the longest tenured employees of a U.S. newspaper in history, working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in Seattle, Washington, primarily as sports editor, for 68 years, starting at age 16.[2]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Brougham moved to Seattle as a youngster with his family. He was a highly regarded Seattle citizen who befriended athletes such as Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth and movie stars like Bing Crosby.[3][4] At age 74, he stepped down as sports editor in 1968, succeeded by John Owen,[5] but continued to write for the P-I for ten more years.


Midway through the Seattle Seahawks' third season in 1978, Brougham was still on the job at age 84, in the Kingdome press box during a game against division rival Denver on October 29th. In the closing minutes, he suffered a major heart attack and was rushed to Swedish Hospital, where he died shortly after 1 am.[6][7] His funeral in Seattle that Friday was attended by nearly five hundred.[8]


Brougham was a devout Christian and philanthropist. The Royal Brougham Sports Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University and the street named S. Royal Brougham Way (formerly known as S. Connecticut St., it borders Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field) in Seattle commemorate his legacy to the community.[9][10]

The Emerald City Supporters, a supporter group for the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team, have nicknamed the team's home stadium "Royal Brougham Park" in Brougham's honor. The southern end of the stadium is also known as the "Brougham End", since that side of the stadium complex is bordered by Royal Brougham Way. Additionally, two subgroups exist which take his name: The Brougham Boys '74 are an invite-only Ultras group affiliated with the ECS, as are the Royal Femmes for Women.


  1. ^ Bergin, Mark J. "Royal Brougham: Your Old Neighbor". World Journalism Institute. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Andrews, Raymond L. (January 21, 1975). "Brougham hasn't missed too much". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). UPI. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Brougham still on the job when he died". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). UPI. October 31, 1978. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Thiel, Art (October 6, 2014). "John Owen, 1929-2014: An appreciation". Sports Press Northwest. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Royal Brougham dies". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). UPI. October 30, 1978. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "P-I 's Royal Brougham dies". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 31, 1978. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Sports fans attend Brougham rites". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 5, 1978. p. B10. 
  8. ^ Watson, Emmett (July 27, 1999). "Royal Brougham was more than just another name on a downtown street Sign". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Raley, Dan (October 28, 2003). "Seven decades of antics, jokes and getting lost". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 

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