Washington Times-Herald

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Washington Times-Herald
TypeDaily newspaper
FoundedWashington Times: 1894
Washington Herald: 1906
Washington Times-Herald: 1939
Political alignmentConservative
Ceased publication1954
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.

The Washington Times-Herald (1939–1954) was an American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It was created by Eleanor "Cissy" Patterson of the Medill–McCormick–Patterson family (long-time owners of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News and founding later Newsday on New York's Long Island) when she bought The Washington Times and The Washington Herald from the syndicate newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951), and merged them. The result was a "24-hour" newspaper, with 10 editions per day, from morning to evening.[1]


Washington Times-Herald Masthead 1954

In 1917, Hearst acquired the old Washington Times. It had been established in 1894 and owned successively by Congressman Charles G. Conn (1844–1931) of Elkhart, Indiana, publisher Stilson Hutchins (1838–1912, previous founder/owner of The Washington Post, 1877–1889), and most recently Frank A. Munsey (1854–1925), a financier, banker and magazine publisher known as the "Dealer in Dailies" and the "Undertaker of Journalism" for his extensive newspaper syndicate.[2] Five years later, he bought the Herald, which had been founded in 1906.

Cissy Patterson, cousin of Tribune publisher Robert McCormick and younger sister of Daily News publisher Joseph Medill Patterson, was editor of both papers from 1930 on, and leased them from Hearst in 1937. She was eager to buy them outright, and was able to do so in 1939 at the confluence of Hearst's near-bankruptcy caused by the increasing costs of his Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and the purchase attempts by the rival Washington Post family of Eugene Meyer (1879–1959) and Phillip L. Graham (1915–1963), who had bought the then bankrupt Post at auction in 1933. Patterson merged the papers into the Times-Herald, which she ran until her death in 1948. It was subsequently purchased by Medill Patterson and McCormick.

The Washington Times-Herald Building was built by architect Philip Morrisson Jullien.[3] Appropriate for its ownership under Patterson and McCormick, the Times-Herald maintained a strongly conservative editorial stance.

Purchase by The Post[edit]

In March 1954, the Times-Herald was purchased by Graham, owner of the more liberal Post. For a time, the combined paper was officially known as The Washington Post and Times-Herald. The Times-Herald portion of the nameplate became less and less prominent on a second line in ensuing years and was dropped entirely in 1973.

See also[edit]


  • Roberts, Chalmers McGeagh. The Washington Post: The First 100 Years. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977. ISBN 978-0-395-25854-5.


  1. ^ Martin, Ralph G. Cissy. Simon and Schuster, 1979. ISBN 9780671225575.
  2. ^ "About The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902–1939". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Scenes from the past …" (PDF). The InTowner. March 2005. p. 12. Retrieved 2013-04-21.