Stone, Melville Elijah

Stone, Melville Elijah,

1848–1929, American journalist, b. Hudson, Ill. With others he founded in 1876 the first Chicago penny paper, the Daily News, and in 1881 the Morning News (later the Record). Stone became general manager of the reorganized Associated Press in 1893, and under his direction it became one of the great news agencies. He retired in 1921.


See his Fifty Years a Journalist (1921, repr. 1970).

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Stone, Melville Elijah

(1848–1929) journalist; born in Hudson, Ill. In 1875 he founded the Chicago Daily News as a one-penny, mass-circulation paper. After selling it in 1888 and serving as a bank president, he became general manager of the Associated Press (AP) (1893–1921) and expanded AP news gathering operations worldwide.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.