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Patterson, Eleanor Medill, 1881-1948



  • Existence: 1881 - 1948


Eleanor Medill Patterson (1881-1948) is listed in the 1948 edition of Who's Who as "editor, publisher, and sole owner of the Washington (D.C.) Times-Herald; director Chicago Tribune Co., N.Y. Daily News Co., and all affiliated companies." The granddaughter of Joseph Medill, daughter of Robert W. Patterson, sister of Captain Joseph Medill Patterson, and cousin of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, Mrs. Patterson herself entered the newspaper business late in life, at age 49, as editor of the Hearst paper, the Washington Herald. It was at this time, in 1930, that she resumed her maiden name. She had been married twice, to Count Joseph Gizycki, from whom she was divorced in 1917, and to attorney Elmer Schlesinger, who died in 1929.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Medill (1823-1899). Papers relating to the administration of his estate

Identifier: III-27

Papers concerning the estate of Joseph Medill (managing editor of the Chicago Tribune)

Dates: 1861 - 1910

Eleanor Medill Patterson Papers

Identifier: VI-5

The Eleanor Medill (Cissy) Patterson Papers consist chiefly of Medill, McCormick and Patterson family correspondence, Joseph Medill business and political letters, Chicago Tribune historical material, and a collection of letters of Joseph Medill and others to and from important people. The papers cover the years 1846-1910, approximately, with most of the material falling in the 1850-1899 period

Dates: 1846 - 1910

Patterson, Eleanor Medill. Published biographies

Identifier: VI-20

Published biographies of Eleanor Medill Patterson ("Cissy" Patterson)

Dates: 1966 - 1979