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, known to his friends as "Father Time," was born in Tengchow, China, on April 3, 1898, the son of Elizabeth Middleton and Henry Winters Luce, who was a Presbyterian missionary. … Read More


1920 22 Years Old Luce edited the Hotchkiss Literary Monthly. In 1920, he graduated from Yale College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and Skull and Bones. … Read More
1921 23 Years Old In December 1921, Luce rejoined Hadden to work at The Baltimore News. … 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 created/founded the pictorial Life magazine in 1934, and launched 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 whom he raised as his own.


1944 46 Years Old Luce, supported by Editor-in-Chief Tom Matthews, appointed Whittaker Chambers as acting Foreign News editor in 1944. … Read More


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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