Henry Luce

Born Apr 3, 1898

Henry Robinson Luce, a magazine publisher, was called "the most influential private citizen in the America of his day. " He launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism and the reading habits of upscale Americans.

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1898 Birth Luce was born in Tengchow, Shandong, China, (now Penglai) on April 3, 1898, the son of Elizabeth Root Luce and Henry Winters Luce, who was a Presbyterian missionary. … Read More


1920 22 Years Old After being voted "most brilliant" of his class and graduating in 1920, he parted ways with Hadden to embark for a year on historical studies at Oxford University, followed by a stint as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News.
1921 23 Years Old In December 1921, Luce rejoined Hadden to work at The Baltimore News. … Read More
1922 24 Years Old Nightly discussions of the concept of a news magazine led Luce and Hadden, both age 23, to quit their jobs in 1922. … Read More
1925 27 Years Old In 1925, Luce decided to move headquarters to Cleveland, while Hadden was on a trip to Europe. … Read More


1929 31 Years Old Upon Hadden's sudden death in 1929, Luce assumed Hadden's position.
1930 32 Years Old Luce launched the business magazine Fortune in February 1930 and acquired Life in order to relaunch it as a weekly magazine of photojournalism in November 1936; he went on to launch House & Home in 1952 and Sports Illustrated in 1954. … Read More
1935 37 Years Old Luce had two children, Peter Paul and Henry Luce III, with his first wife, Lila Hotz. He married his second wife, Clare Boothe Luce in 1935, who had an 11-year-old daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw, whom he raised as his own.


1943 45 Years Old President Franklin D. Roosevelt, aware that most publishers were opposed to him, issued a decree in 1943 that blocked all publishers and media executives from visits to combat areas; he put General George Marshall in charge of enforcement. … Read More
1944 46 Years Old Luce, supported by Editor-in-Chief T. S. Matthews, appointed Whittaker Chambers as acting Foreign News editor in 1944, despite the feuds that Chambers had with reporters in the field.


1964 66 Years Old Luce, who remained editor-in-chief of all his publications until 1964, maintained a position as an influential member of the Republican Party. … Read More
1967 69 Years Old He died in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967. … Read More
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