William Feather

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William Feather
Born(1889-08-25)August 25, 1889
Jamestown, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 1981(1981-01-07) (aged 91)
Alma materCase Western Reserve University

William A. Feather (August 25, 1889 – January 7, 1981) was an American publisher and writer, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born in Jamestown, New York, Feather relocated with his family to Cleveland in 1903. After earning a degree from Western Reserve University in 1910, he began working as a reporter for the Cleveland Press. In 1916, he established the William Feather Magazine.[1] In addition to writing for and publishing that magazine, and writing for other magazines as H. L. Mencken's The American Mercury, he ran a successful printing business, and wrote several books.[2]

His large printing business, William Feather Printers produced catalogues, magazines, booklets, brochures and corporate annual reports. It moved from Cleveland to Oberlin, Ohio in 1982 after a labor dispute.[3]


  • As We Were Saying (1921)[4]
  • Haystacks and Smokestacks (1923)
  • The ideals and follies of business (1927)[5][6]
  • The New Buying Era (1933)
  • Let's Use the Grand Jury (1934)
  • The Business of Life (1949) Simon & Schuster


  1. ^ "William A. Feather", The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
  2. ^ Thea Gallo Becker (November 2012). Legendary Locals of Cleveland. Arcadia Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 9781467100298.
  3. ^ Vishnevsky, Zina (27 July 1992). "Plain Dealer obituary". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  4. ^ Hathi Trust Digital Library edition
  5. ^ "A Purge for the Business Blues (book review)". New York Times. 6 March 1927. ProQuest 104005720.
  6. ^ "The Ideals and Follies of Business (book review)". Detroit Free Press. 3 July 1927.

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