Biography of James Gordon Bennett


Bennett, James Gordon. Proprietor of "New York Herald." Born in New York, May 10, 1841, son of journalist of same name. Educated by private tutors. Inherited "The Herald," and a large fortune in 1872. For a time issued a London edition and a Paris edition of "The Herald." Inaugurated publication in England of storm warnings transmitted from the United States. Sent Henry M. Stanley to Africa to find Livingstone, 1874-77. Fitted out Jeannette Polar Expedition, 1879. Established 1883 (with John W. Mackay), the Commercial (Mackay-Bennett) Cable Company. Was a prominent yachtsman. Lived most of his time in Paris, but kept active management of "The Herald" by cable. Died 1918.