The New International Encyclopædia/Halstead, Murat

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HAL'STEAD, Murat (1829—). An American journalist, born in Ross Township, Butler Co., Ohio. He was educated at Farmers' College, near Cincinnati, became a member of the staff of the Cincinnati Commercial in 1853, and in 1865 its chief owner. This journal was subsequently consolidated with the Gazette of Cincinnati, as the Commercial-Gazette, of which he became the editor-in-chief. He was afterwards editor of the Brooklyn Standard-Union, and then became a special newspaper correspondent and magazine writer, in which capacity he visited the Philippine Islands during the Spanish-American War. His books include a Life of William McKinley, a Life of Admiral Dewey, and The Galveston Tragedy.