Gannett, Frank E.

1944 card signed by the media mogul, founded Gannett Corporation

Price: $20.00

Description:
(1876-1957) Early media mogul, founded Gannett Corporation. Cornell 1898, at 30 purchased his 1st newspaper, the Elmira Gazette (now the Star-Gazette); purchased the Ithaca Journal 1912. In March 1918, he and his partners moved their headquarters to Rochester, NY where they acquired the Evening Times, the Herald, and the Union and Advertiser and combined them as the Times-Union. He bought out his partners 1923 and formed the Gannett Company, which has grown from 6 newspapers (at his death, 22 newspapers in 18 cities, plus 4 radio and 3 TV stations) into a national multimedia corporation. Active in NY politics, he took a neutral stand to the New Deal in 1936 before opposing FDR’s Court-packing scheme. In 1939–1940, he briefly sought the 1940 GOP presidential nomination. He was a founding member of the National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government. He was noted for his philanthropic support of research, especially in the newspaper and aviation industries and in the fields of health and medicine. Libraries at Elmira College, Utica College and Ithaca College named for him, also the student health center at Cornell and the building that houses the printing and photography programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Frank E. Gannett Field House at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. also named for him. Autograph sentiment (“with best wishes”) inscribed and signed on a 3 x 5 card, March 2 1944.

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, pale corners
Type:Autographed Sentiment Signed






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