Ralph Pulitzer
Influential publisher and socialite Ralph Pulitzer (June 11, 1879 – June 14, 1939) was the son of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911), born Politzer József, was a Hungarian-American newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer introduced the techniques of "new journalism" to the newspapers he acquired in the 1880s and became a leading...

 and upon Pulitzer's death acquired control of the New York World
New York World
The New York World was a newspaper published in New York City from 1860 until 1931. The paper played a major role in the history of American newspapers...

, an influential American newspaper. For decades, Ralph Pulitzer was one of the most influential men in American journalism.

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Pulitzer was raised in great wealth and attended first St. Mark's School
St. Mark's School (Massachusetts)
St. Mark’s School is a coeducational, Episcopal, preparatory school, situated on in Southborough, Massachusetts, from Boston. It was founded in 1865 as an all-boys' school by Joseph Burnett, a wealthy native of Southborough who developed and marketed the world-famous Burnett Vanilla Extract . ...

 of Southborough and then Harvard University
Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

. He was married twice, once to Frederica Vanderbilt Webb and once to Margaret Leech
Margaret Leech
Margaret Kernochan Leech also known as Margaret Pulitzer, was an American author and historian, who won two Pulitzer Prizes in history, for her books Reveille in Washington and In the Days of McKinley .She was born in Newburgh, New York, obtained a B.A...

, who, incidentally, had received two Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

s. (These awards were endowed by Ralph Pulitzer's father, Joseph.)

An active supporter of the National Air Races
National Air Races
The National Air Races were a series of pylon and cross-country races that took place in the United States from 1920 to 1949. The science of aviation, and the speed and reliability of aircraft and engines grew rapidly during this period; the National Air Races were both a proving ground and...

, Ralph Pulitzer sponsored the Pulitzer Trophy Race to encourage higher speed in landplanes.

Ralph Pulitzer is the author of "Over the Front in an Aeroplane and scenes inside the French and Flemish Trenches" (NY: A.L.Burt, 1915), which he wrote after spending several days as the guest of the French War Office during World War I. According to his introduction, "No other civilian has been allowed to ascend in a French army aeroplane at all, and as for visiting the front in one, it has apparently been undreamed of." His book contains wonderful descriptions of life in the trenches and the artillery used by the French in the early months of the War. It also includes sixteen photographs taken during his tour of several locations on the Front (presumedly by the author or someone in his party).


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