Making of a Newspaper Man - Samuel G. Blythe

Samuel G. Blythe

Biography

Samuel G. Blythe (1868-1947)

Samuel George Blythe was born on 19 May 1868, in Livingston county, N.Y., US, to Samuel H. Blythe, and Catherine Houston. Samuel was the middle child with an older sister Rebecca and younger sister Mary. Samuel’s father was the editor of Livingston Republican for twenty years, which was one of the best known weeklies in Western New York.

Samuel attended the Geneseo State Normal School, but he left at age sixteen and became an assistant postmaster in Geneseo, NY.

In 1886, he became a reporter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and in March 1887, he would purchase the Evening Record, based in Michigan, with a partner. Unfortunately, the paper was unsuccessful, and he worked as a reporter for various newspapers in Pittsburg, Wheeling and St. Louis, thereafter.

On 19 September 1888, Samuel married Carolyn Hamilton Oakes, from Rochester. They had one son together, Stuart Oakes Blythe.

In 1888, Samuel returned to New York and became the editor of the Livingston Republican, the same newspaper where his father was editor. He would not stay long with them, leaving on 15 March 1889, he returned to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. While there, Samuel worked as a reporter, sporting editor, and dramatic critic until 14 December 1891.

Samuel then moved to Buffalo, where he became a special writer and dramatic critic for the Buffalo Express. While working with them, Samuel was promoted to many positions, editorial writer, news editor, city editor and managing editor. On 1 January 1897, he resigned as managing editor and took the position of editor-in-chief for the Buffalo Enquirer.

Later in Samuel’s life, he would travel a great deal, around the world, for his work as a reporter and author. Some of the places he visited included, Hong Kong, France, British Isles, and Switzerland.

As an author, Samuel wrote many books, some of those titles include: The Fun of Getting Thin: How to Be Happy and Reduce the Waist Line, The Fakers, and Cutting It Out: How to Get on the Water Wagon and Stay There.

On 17 July 1947, Samuel George Blythe died in Monterey, California, he was aged 79 years.

In UPEI’s Provenance collection, Samuel’s book, The Making of a Newspaper Man, was given to Fred Lockley, and inscribed by Samuel himself, “To Fred Lockley with the regard of its author Samuel G. Blythe” “Portland May 23 1914”.

Sources:

Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

Passport Applications, 1795–1905. NARA Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls. General Records Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Passport Applications, January 2, 1906–March 31, 1925. NARA Microfilm Publication M1490, 2740 rolls. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Registers and Indexes for Passport Applications, 1810–1906. NARA Microfilm Publication M1371, rolls 1–2. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Emergency Passport Applications (Passports Issued Abroad), 1877–1907. NARA Microfilm Publication M1834, 57 rolls. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Division of Passport Control: Passport Applications for Residents of Puerto Rico and the Philippines, 1913–1925. NAI:1244179 A1 539, 67 volumes. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington D.C.

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Division of Passport Control: Passport Applications Filed at U.S. Territories and Possessions, 1907–1925 (Honolulu, HI, Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico). NAI 1244181 A1 542. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington D.C.

Division of Passport Control: Emergency Passport Applications Filed at Diplomatic Posts Abroad, 1907–1923. NAI 1244182 A1 543. General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington D.C.

Truman C. White. Biography of Samuel G. Blythe. Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York. The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898.

Photo:
The sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 10 June 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1916-06-10/ed-1/seq-9/

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