Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer is Born: April 10, 1847

Founder of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph Pulitzer was born on this day. He arrived in St. Louis from New York penniless in October of 1865.

Joseph Pulitzer Buys St. Louis Dispatch

On December 9, 1878, Joseph Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500. Pulitzer arrived in the city penniless as a teen, and he took jobs such as waiter and reporter. After becoming disillusioned with politics, all before the age of 30, Pulitzer bought the newspaper at a sheriff’s sale, then immediately merged it with the St. Louis Post, to create the Post-Dispatch.