Alfred Cowles Sr.

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Alfred Cowles Sr. (1832–1889) was an American businessperson and newspaper publisher. During the 1860s to 1880s he was bookkeeper, treasurer and business manager of the Chicago Tribune of which he was part owner.[1]

Alfred Cowles
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Mantua, Portage County, Ohio
Died1889 (aged 56–57)
Known forChicago Tribune
Spouse(s)Sarah Frances Hutchinson
Children4, including Alfred Jr.

His parents were Edwin Weed and Almira Mills Cowles. Another son, Edwin Jr. (1825–1890), became publisher of The Cleveland Leader newspaper. Edwin married Elizabeth Hutchinson and had two sons: Alfred Hutchinson Cowles and Eugene Hutchinson Cowles (1855–1892).

Alfred Cowles married Sarah Frances Hutchinson, who was born in 1837 in Cayuga, New York. She was the daughter of Moseley and Elizabeth Hutchinson. They had four children: Edwin (1861–1861), Alfred Jr. (1865–1939), Sarah Frances (1862–1920), and William Hutchinson (1866–1947). William Hutchinson Cowles Sr., who was married to Harriet Bowen Cheney, became a newspaper publisher in Spokane, Washington.

Vassar College has a scholarship named for Sarah Frances Hutchinson Cowles, and the University of Chicago may still have a fellowship named for her.[2][3]

Alfred Cowles is interred at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. ^ White, James Terry (1895). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the United States. James T. White & Company, via New York Public Library via Internet Archive full view. p. 224. Retrieved 2007-10-24. and Robert Norton Smith (10 June 1997). Chapter 1, The Colonel, The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick 1880-1955. Houghton Mifflin Co. via The New York Times Company. ISBN 0-395-53379-1. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  2. ^ Book of Chicagoans, published by A.N. Marquis (Chicago), 1911. p. 159
  3. ^ The Cheney Genealogy. Edited by Charles Henry Pope, published by Richardson Reprints, 1897. p. 487