James Gordon Bennett Jr. (May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918) was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett Sr., who emigrated from Scotland. He was generally known as Gordon Bennett to distinguish him from his father. Among his many sports-related accomplishments he organized both the first polo match and the first tennis match in the United States, and he personally won the first trans-oceanic yacht race. He sponsored explorers including Henry Morton Stanley’s trip to Africa to find David Livingstone, and the ill-fated USS Jeannette attempt on the North Pole.
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James Gordon Bennett Jr.
May 10th 1841,
New York City, New York, United States
May 14th 1918,
Baroness de Reuter
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- Bennett Trophy: International Road Race
James Gorden Bennett offered up the Prize and the Automobile Club de France organized the International Road Race, 3 national automobile clubs competed for the Prize.
- Sail Across-the-ocean race
Across-the-ocean race was held in 1866 from Sandy Hook, CT, USA, to Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with the sponsorship of the New York Yacht Club.
- International Airplane Racing
The first international airplane race was called the Bennett Trophy Race, held at Reims, France, from August 22 to 28, 1909.
- International Balloon Racing
The James Gordon Bennett Race, was the first International Balloon Race. It was inaugurated in Paris, France, in 1906.
Additional Articles associated with James Gordon Bennett Jr. was his father James Gordon Bennett Sr. who was an Investigative Reporter:
- James Gordon Bennett, investigative reporter
The first Investigative Reporter was non other than James Gordon Bennett of New York, NY, USA, a Scottish born founder and editor of the daily New York Herald.
- James Gordon Bennett Jr. – Wikipedia
Bennett, like many of his social class, indulged in the “good life”: yachts, opulent private railroad cars, and lavish mansions. He was the youngest Commodore ever of the New York Yacht Club.
- Gordon Bennett attended Queen Victoria’s tea-party and almost killed …
Gordon Bennett, what a life! Nearly killing Churchill’s mum. Naked drunken rampages. Meet the rogue whose exploits were so outrageous we STILL cry out his name when we’re shocked
- The Fabulously Eccentric Life of James Gordon Bennett, Jr. | Mental Floss…
But there is perhaps no high-society New Yorker who was as consistently and astoundingly eccentric—or as influential—as James Gordon Bennett, Jr.
- James Gordon Bennett, Jr. | American editor | Britannica.com
Bennett’s son, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., became managing editor in 1866 and took over as editor the following year.
- Manhattan Was Almost Home to a 200-Foot-Tall Owl Mausoleum …
In 1906, one of New York’s premier architects, Stanford White, received an unusual commission. The request came from his friend James Gordon Bennett Jr., the publisher of one of America’s most circulated daily newspapers, the New York Herald.
- James Gordon Bennett Jr Facts – Biography – YourDictionary
On May 10, 1841, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., was born in New York City. He was raised in Europe to avoid the stigma his father’s bold editing of the New York Herald newspaper attracted to the family.