24 Facts About Alfred Harmsworth


Alfred Harmsworth directed a mission to the new ally, the United States, during 1917, and was director of enemy propaganda during 1918.

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Alfred Harmsworth's Amalgamated Press employed writers such as Arthur Mee and John Hammerton, and its subsidiary, the Educational Book Company, published The Harmsworth Self-Educator, The Children's Encyclopædia, and Harmsworth's Universal Encyclopaedia.

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Alfred Harmsworth had an intuitive sense for what the reading public wanted to buy, and began a series of cheap but successful periodicals, such as Comic Cuts and the journal Forget-Me-Not for women.

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Alfred Harmsworth bought several failing newspapers and made them into an enormously profitable news group, primarily by appealing to the general public.

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Alfred Harmsworth began with The Evening News during 1894, and then merged two Edinburgh papers to form the Edinburgh Daily Record.

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Alfred Harmsworth then transformed a Sunday newspaper, the Weekly Dispatch, into the Sunday Dispatch, then the greatest circulation Sunday newspaper in Britain.

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Alfred Harmsworth initiated the Harmsworth Magazine, utilizing one of Britain's best editors, Beckles Willson, who had been editor of many successful publications, including The Graphic.

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Alfred Harmsworth initiated The Daily Mirror during 1903, and rescued the financially desperate Observer and The Times during 1905 and 1908, respectively.

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Alfred Harmsworth brought his younger brothers into his media empire, and they all flourished: Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, Cecil Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth, Sir Leicester Harmsworth, 1st Baronet and Sir Hildebrand Harmsworth, 1st Baronet.

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Alfred Harmsworth was created a Baronet, of Elmwood, in the parish of St Peters in the County of Kent in 1904.

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In 1905, Alfred Harmsworth was raised to the peerage as Baron Northcliffe, of the Isle of Thanet in the County of Kent.

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In 1918, Alfred Harmsworth was created Viscount Northcliffe, of St Peter's in the County of Kent, for his service as the director of the British war mission in the United States.

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The first, Alfred Benjamin Smith, was born when Harmsworth was seventeen years old; the mother was a sixteen-year-old maidservant in his parents' home.

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Alfred Harmsworth was monolingual and not well-educated and knew little history or science.

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Alfred Harmsworth had a lust for power and for money, while leaving the accounting paperwork to his brother Harold.

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Alfred Harmsworth imagined himself Napoleon reborn and resembled the emperor physically and in terms of his enormous energy and ambition.

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In 1903 Alfred Harmsworth initiated the Alfred Harmsworth Cup, the first international award for motorboat racing.

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Alfred Harmsworth was a friend of Claude Johnson, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Limited, and during the years preceding the First World war became an enthusiast of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost car.

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Alfred Harmsworth's mental health collapsed; he acted like a madman but historians say it was a physical malady.

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Alfred Harmsworth went on a world tour to revive himself, but it failed to do so.

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Alfred Harmsworth died of endocarditis in his London house, No 1 Carlton House Gardens, on 14 August 1922.

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Alfred Harmsworth left three months' pay to each of his six thousand employees.

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Alfred Harmsworth's body was buried at East Finchley Cemetery in North London.

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Alfred Harmsworth aspired to power instead of influence, and as a result forfeited both.

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