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Young, John Russell 1841-1899

Journalist; born in Dowington, Pa., Nov. 20, 1841; received a public school education; became a copy-holder on the Philadelphia Press in 1857; was promoted to reporter, news-editor, Washington correspondent, and, at the outbreak of the Civil War, war correspondent with the Army of the Potomac; and served as such from the battle of Bull Run till the end of the Chickahominy campaign, when illness compelled him to return to Philadelphia. After his recovery he was managing editor of the Press; again went to the war in 1864, and served under General Banks in the Red River campaign; then returned to Philadelphia and resumed editorial charge of the Press. He joined the editorial staff of the New York Tribune in 1865, and was its managing editor in 1866-69, during which time he established the Morning post in Philadelphia, and the Standard in New York; was correspondent for the New York Herald in Europe in 1871-77, when he accompanied ex-President Grant on his journey round the world. He resumed editorial work on the Herald in 1879-82, and was then appointed minister to China, which office he resigned in 1885; and was appointed librarian of Congress in 1897. He was author of Around the world with General Grant; editor of Memoral history of the City of Philadelphia, from its first settlement to the year 1895; and Narrative and critical history, 1681-1895. He died in Washington, D. C., Jan. 17, 1899.

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