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Michael Harry De Young

De Young, Michael Harry, newspaper proprietor; born in St. Louis, Oct. 1, 1849. His mother, whose maiden name was Morange, was daughter of a French nobleman. 

 When a boy five years old,  he was taken to California and was educated in the schools of that State. He became associated with his brother, Charles De Young, in 1865, in establishing The Dramatic Chronicle, a theatrical paper from which they afterward developed The San Francisco Chronicle, which, in a few years, they made the leading daily paper of the Pacific Coast. Upon his brother's death in 1880, he became sole proprietor of the paper, and its editor-in-chief, and has so continued ever since. Mr. De Young was twice the California member of the National Republican Committee, and for one term its vice-chairman, and was a delegate at large to the National Republican Conventions, 1888, 1892. 

He has also taken an especially prominent part in the creation and management of international expositions, beginning with the Paris Exposition of 1889, to which he was a commissioner from California. He was commissioner from California and vice-president of the World's Columbian National Commission in 1892 and 1893, and was the originator of its classification plan; was president of the International League of Press Clubs in 1893, was projector, organizer and director-general of the California Midwinter Exposition at San Francisco in 1893 and 1894; organizer of the Midwinter Fair Memorial Museum, 1894; commissioner-general for California at the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exposition in 1898, and president of the United States Commission at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Vice-president and member Executive Committee Panama Pacific Exposition. He is a member of the Legion d'Honneur of France, and has been a director of the Associated Press since 1882. Residence: Meadowlands, San Raphael, Calif. Address : 1919 California Street, San Francisco, Calif.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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