Samuel Crowther (journalist)

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Samuel Crowther
Crowther in 1924
Crowther in 1924
BornSamuel Crowther junior
(1880-06-14)June 14, 1880
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
DiedOctober 27, 1947(1947-10-27) (aged 67)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
  • Writer
  • journalist
  • biographer
Genrenon-fiction, biography, Business, Economics
SpouseMary Jane Owens
Childrentwo sons and one daughter

Samuel Crowther (1880–1947) was a prominent American journalist and writer who is best known for his collaborative writings with Henry Ford and other industrialists.


Crowther was born on June 14, 1880, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father also being Samuel Crowther. He was educated at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia and graduated B.S. (1901) and LL.B. (1904) at the University of Pennsylvania.

In college, he won his varsity letters in football and rowing and was a member of the university's crew that distinguished itself in the Henley Regatta. In 1905, his "American Rowing," the first history of the sport in the country, was published.[1] He dedicated his writing career to publishing biographies of famous industrialists and collaborating with some of them to produce works that conveyed their ideas to the public. The most prominent and enduring collaboration was with Henry Ford, the car manufacturer.

He married Mary Jane Owens on November 21, 1914, and they had two sons and a daughter. He died in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1947.[2]


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  1. ^ a b His obituary in the New York Times, October 28, 1947.
  2. ^ "Find a Grave" website:* Retrieved January 31, 2012
  3. ^ a b Who's Who Among American Authors, Edited by Alberta Laurence, Los Angeles: Golden Syndicate Publishing Company, Vol. IV, 1929–30, p. 253.
  4. ^ a b Cf. British Library catalogue.

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