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"Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together."
-- Joseph Pulitzer

Portrait of Joseph Pulitzer, 1905
John Singer Sargent
Loan, Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.

Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) was a Hungarian immigrant who fought in the Union Army in the US Civil War and went on to become one of the nation's most influential journalists. The portrait of Pulitzer was painted in 1905 by John Singer Sargent, the foremost portrait artist of his time. As owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World, Pulitzer crusaded against injustice and political corruption and fought for progressive causes and freedom of the press. He made newspapers more accessible through exposes, sensationalized stories, publicity stunts and innovative features such as comics and sports coverage.
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