Ogden Mills Reid, son of Elisabeth Mills Reid

Ogden Mills Reid

The only son of Whitelaw and Elisabeth Mills Reid, Ogden Mills Reid inherited a newspaper publishing business.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School (1904 and 1907), Ogden Mills Reid was working at his father’s paper, the New York Tribune, when his father Whitelaw died in London in 1912. Whitelaw’s death soon propelled 30-year-old Ogden to Editor-in-Chief.

The year before he assumed responsibility for the paper, Ogden married his mother’s no-nonsense former private secretary, Helen Rogers.  Ogden Reid reportedly suffered from alcoholism; his wife Helen, a smart, Barnard-educated suffragist, is presumed to have been the real force behind the day-to-day running of the Tribune.

In 1922, the Reids bought the New York Herald and the paper became the New York Herald-Tribune. The paper included an international version, based in Paris.  Today, the International Herald-Tribune newspaper is owned by the New York Times.  Mr. Reid died in 1947 at the age of 64.

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