The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Funk, Isaac Kauffman

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FUNK, fŭnk, Isaac Kauffman, American publisher: b. Clifton, Ohio, 10 Sept. 1839; d. 1912. He was graduated at Wittenberg College, Ohio, and after several pastorates, the last of which was in Brooklyn, N. Y., began a publishing business in 1872; founded and published the Metropolitan Pulpit (now the Homiletic Review) in 1876, and the Literary Digest in 1890. He has published also the ‘Standard Dictionary’ of which he was editor-in-chief (1890-94). He was an earnest Prohibitionist, and in 1884 founded the Voice, a prohibition journal, and was the Prohibition candidate for mayor of New York. In 1901 he began the publication of the important ‘Jewish Encyclopedia.’