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Scripps, Robert Paine

Edward E. Adams

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Scripps, Robert Paine (27 October 1895–02 March 1938), newspaper publisher, was born in San Diego, California, the son of Edward Willis Scripps, a newspaper publisher and founder of the modern newspaper chain, and Nackie Holtsinger. E. W. Scripps started the Cleveland Press in 1878 and by his death in 1926 owned more than fifty newspapers, United Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Scripps Science Service, and a newsreel service called ACME Pictures. He wanted to train his sons to take his place and manage the vast media empire. In 1908 he released his long-time partner and business associate, Milton McRae, from the position of general manager of Scripps-McRae Newspapers and inserted his eldest son, James G. Scripps, into that position. E. W. had trained James for the position and was now ready to train his younger children....

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Subjects: Journalism

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