Joseph Pulitzer Jr.

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Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
Joseph Pulitzer Jr. 1961 (KN-C19647, cropped).jpg
Pulitzer at the White House in 1961
Born (1913-05-13)May 13, 1913
St. Louis, Missouri
Died May 26, 1993(1993-05-26) (aged 80)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American

Joseph Pulitzer III (May 13, 1913 – May 26, 1993) was an American newspaperman and publisher the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 38 years. A grandson of the famous newsman Joseph Pulitzer, for 31 years he chaired the board which was responsible for awarding the Pulitzer Prize, and from 1955 to 1993 was chairman of the Pulitzer Publishing Company.


Born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 13, 1913, he was baptized in the Episcopal Church as Joseph Pulitzer 3rd, but later adopted the junior designation (his father had dropped the junior designation after the death of his father).[1] He was a graduate of the St. Mark's School and Harvard University, Joseph Pulitzer III ran the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through the social and political challenges of the 20th century while holding fast to the liberal vision set out by his grandfather in 1907. His paper was among the first to oppose war in Vietnam.

He also served as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University for thirty-one years. The board, which had been established by his grandfather, was responsible for awarding the coveted annual prizes in journalism, letters, and music.[2]

In addition to his reputation as a newsman, Pulitzer was also known for his collection of contemporary art, regarded as one of the largest and finest in the world.[1] In 2008, his second wife, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, gave a gift of 31 major works of modern and contemporary art and $45 million to the Harvard Art Museum. In announcing the gift, the museum also announced that between 1953 and 2005 it had received gifts of 43 other modern and contemporary works from Pulitzer and his first wife, Louise Vauclain Pulitzer, who died in 1968, and from Pulitzer and his second wife.[3]

Pulitzer died at his home in the Central West End of St. Louis from colon cancer.[4] He was 80.

See also

Further reading

  • Roy Malone, "A pot of gold: Joseph Pulitzer Jr. and the Post-Dispatch", St. Louis Journalism Review, February 1, 2006
  • Joseph Pulitzer Oral History Interview, 1978-01-11, conducted by Dennis Barrie, Smithsonian Archives of American Art
  • No Ordinary Joe: A Life of Joseph Pulitzer III,[5] book on life and career of Joseph Pulitzer's grandson.
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, Classic Modern: The Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., Harvard University Press, 2013


  1. ^ a b Dennis Hevesi (May 27, 1993). "Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Is Dead at 80; Publisher Was Avid Art Collector". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Retiring As Chairman of Prize Board". New York Times. November 8, 1986.
  3. ^ "Harvard Art Museum receives major gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer". October 17, 2008. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  4. ^ The Pulitzer Organization
  5. ^ Pfaff, Daniel (2005). No Ordinary Joe: A Life of Joseph Pulitzer III. University of Missouri. ISBN 978-0826216076.


  • Caskets on Parade

External links

  • Dennis Barrie, "Interview with Joseph Pulitzer Jr., January 11, 1978
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