Victor Rosewater

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Victor Rosewater ca. 1900

Victor Rosewater (February 13, 1871–1940) was a Jewish politician from the U. S. state of Nebraska.


Rosewater was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Edward and Leah Rosewater . His father was the founder of the Omaha Bee which ran its first issue the year Victor was born. He was educated at Johns Hopkins University in 1888 and then attended Columbia University earning a Ph D in 1893. He returned to Omaha to work with his father and became managing editor in 1895. He then served as a member of University of Nebraska board of regents 1896-97. He served as a director of the Omaha Public Library 1894–1905 and the Omaha Board of Review in 1903. Rosewater married Katie and had two children, Harriet and Edward Rosewater Jr.

In 1906, Rosewater helped his father run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, yet unsuccessful against Norris Brown who was also a Republican. The same year was also a founder of the American Jewish Committee. His father died on August 31, 1906 and he took over as managing editor of the Omaha Bee, becoming editor the following year. He was also a Nebraska delegate to the 1908 Republican National Convention and a member of Republican National Committee, 1908–12, serving as Chairman in 1912, planning the convention that year.

Rosewater later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he became involved in planning the Sesquicentennial Exposition, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He continued his newspaper career writing columns for various papers and wrote an unpublished biography on his father.

He died at the age of 69.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John F. Hill
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
1910-1912
Succeeded by
Charles D. Hilles