Hearst editorial reveals takeover of Seattle Post-Intelligencer on December 27, 1921.

  • By HistoryLink.org Staff
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 2518

On December 27, 1921, the fact that William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) has taken over the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is revealed when his first editorial appears in the newspaper.

The Intelligencer was founded in Seattle in 1867. In 1879, Thomas W. Prosch (1850-1915) became its publisher. Prosch was the son of Charles W. Prosch, a pioneer newspaper publisher who had been issuing papers in Steilacoom and Olympia since 1858. Thomas became publisher of the Weekly Tribune, moving it from Olympia to Tacoma, and then, in 1875, to Seattle. In 1879 he bought the Intelligencer. In 1881 the Intelligencer combined with the Post to become the Post-Intelligencer.


William E. Ames and Roger A. Simpson, Unionism or Hearst: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Strike of 1936 (Seattle: Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, 1978), 2; Paul W. Harvey, Tacoma Headlines (Tacoma: The Tacoma News Tribune, 1962), 12.

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