Taylor Made  | American Journalism Review
From AJR,   November 1998

Taylor Made   

By Mark Lisheron
Senior Contributing Writer Mark Lisheron (mark@texaswatchdog.org) is Austin bureau chief for Texas Watchdog, a government accountability news Web site.      

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The Boston Globe was founded in 1872 by a joint venture of six businessmen, including Eben Jordan, who hired Gen. Charles H. Taylor as business manager in 1873 when the paper ran into financial trouble. Over the next 15 years Taylor became Jordan's partner and the paper's president and publisher.

Circulation grew from 8,000 in the late 1870s to 30,000 by 1880, 100,000 by 1886 and 300,000 by the mid 1890s. The circulation today is 473,000 weekdays and 750,000 on Sunday.

Originally a morning paper, the Globe added an afternoon edition in 1878. The Boston Evening Globe stopped publication in 1979.

Taylor's three sons, Charles Jr., John I. and William O., Harvard graduates all, joined the newspaper in the 1890s. Upon the general's death in 1921, William O. Taylor became publisher.

When he died in 1955, his son, William Davis Taylor, took over, making cousins John Ingalls Taylor and Charles H. Taylor III integral parts of his corporate team. In May 1958 the Globe, needing new printing machinery, left Washington Street, once referred to as Boston's "Newspaper Row."

Davis Taylor named Laurence Winship editor in 1955, the first time in the newspaper's history that the publisher, a Taylor, did not also carry that title. Taylor also brought Winship's son Thomas back from his post as Washington correspondent to serve as the paper's first Metro editor. Under Thomas Winship, who succeeded his father in 1965, the Globe won its first and another 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

In 1978, Davis Taylor named his son William O. Taylor publisher, a post he relinquished in September 1997 to his second cousin, Benjamin B. Taylor, great-grandson of the first publisher.

In 1993, the Taylor family sold the Globe to the New York Times Co. Earlier that year, Matthew V. Storin was named editor. Under his leadership the paper won Pulitzers in three consecutive years beginning in 1995.




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