Saturday, March 12, 2011

Adolph Simon Ochs (March 12, 1858)

Adolph Ochs was the publisher of the New York Times which he purchased in 1896 from its earlier owners. Let’s face it, the New York Times is THE paper for secular Jews, as well as the overall newspaper of record for our country. So I think it's appropriate to memorialize the Jewish founder of the family that runs it.

Ochs was a practicing, not a secular Jew, married to Effie Wise, daughter of Reform Jewish leader Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise. Ochs’ descendants, through his daughter Iphigene Bertha Ochs and her husband Arthur Hays Sulzberger, controlled the paper for most of the following century. Their descendant Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. became publisher of the New York Times in 1992 after working his way through a number of lower positions. He was named chairman of The New York Times Company on October 16, 1997, and continues in that position.

No comments:

Post a Comment