1922 Encyclopædia Britannica/Munsey, Frank Andrew
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Munsey, Frank Andrew
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MUNSEY, FRANK ANDREW (1854- ), American publisher and newspaper proprietor, was born at Mercer, Me., Aug. 21 1854. He was educated in the public schools and became a telegraph operator in Augusta, Me. In 1882 he went to New York City and established The Golden Argosy, a magazine for children, later changing this to The Argosy, a magazine for adult readers. In 1889 he founded Munsey's Weekly, replaced two years later by Munsey's Magazine, the first monthly of its class to sell for the popular price of ten cents. He also founded The All-Story Weekly (1904) and The Railroad Man's Magazine (1906) and purchased The Baltimore News (1908), The New York Press (1912) and the New York Sun, both morning and evening issues (1916). He merged the Press in the Sun. In 1920 he bought from the executors of James Gordon Bennett's estate the New York Evening Telegram and The New York Herald, together with its Paris issue. He combined the Herald and the morning Sun as The Sun and The New York Herald, but in Oct. 1920 changed the name to The New York Herald, at the same time continuing the evening paper as The Sun, thus perpetuating intact two names famous in American journalism.