The Press: The Disinherited

At the rough & rowdy Washington Times-Herald, the fluttery, fastidious little man seemed as out of place as the publisher's high-strung poodles. Apple-cheeked Charles Bell Porter was no newsman but an esthete, a collector of rare stamps and Chinese porcelains, a Ph.D. in criminology from the university at Edinburgh, his native city. He liked to shut himself up in his office with a basket of fruit and play symphony records. But he also had a good head for figures, and that made him immensely valuable to Eleanor Medill Patterson. He was her treasurer and confidant, and for 15 well-paid years his...

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