- Frederick Gilmer Bonfils
Frederick Gilmer Bonfils (
December 21 1860– February 2 1933), U.S. publisherwho made the " Denver Post" into one of the largest newspapers in the United States.Staff report (February 3, 1933). F. G. BONFILS DEAD; VETERAN EDITOR; Built The Denver Post Into One of the Largest Newspapers in the Nation. HAD SPECTACULAR CAREER I Long a Circus Owner. Took Part in Rush Into Indian Territory. Important Teapot Dome Witness. " New York Times"]
Troy, Missouri, he entered the United States Military Academyin 1878 but resigned in 1881 and went into land speculationin the Kansas, Oklahomaand Texasbooms. He purchased the "Post" with Harry Heye Tammenin 1895.
Bonfils had met Tammen at the Windsor Hotel in Denver, where Tammen was a bartender (and editor of the Great-Divide Weekly Newspaper as well as a
In December 1899 Tammen and Bonfils were shot in their Denver Post office by W.W. Anderson, an attorney representing "maneater"
Alfred Packerafter a Post article had accused Anderson of taking Packer's life savings as a retainer. In the scuffle in the office Bonfils was shot twice and Tammen three times. Anderson was tried three times but never convicted while Tammen and Bonfils were convict for jury tampering in the third trial. [ [http://www.dnr.missouri.gov/shpo/nps-nr/84002568.pdf Bonfils Building, 1200 Grand, National Register Application - July 1982] ]
In 1900, both Bonfils and Tammen were
horsewhipped and hospitalized by a lawyer who disliked their yellow journalism. Bonfils took $250,000 hush-moneyfrom Harry F. Sinclairin the Teapot Dome scandal.
From 1904 to 1921 they owned the
In 1909 Bonfils and Tammen bought the Kansas City Post and owned it until selling it to
Walter S. Dickeyin 1922. J. Ogden Armourwas a silent partner in the endeavor. The Post with its tabloid format, red headlines and yellow journalismwas closely tied to the rise of the Tom Pendergastpolitical machine in Kansas City. The Post was to fold shortly after the collapse of the machine.
Bonfils died of
encephalitisat his home in Denver, Colorado. At the time if his death, he was pursuing a libel lawsuit against the "Post"'s competitor, the " Rocky Mountain News".Staff report (February 13, 1933). [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,745154,00.html Death in Denver.] "Time"]
* [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/hawp:@field(SUBJ+@od1(Bonfils,+Frederick+Gilmer,--1860-1933+)) Frederick Gilmer Bonfils photos] via Library of Congress
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