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Washington McLean

Death: Dec 8, 1890

Birthplace: Cincinnati

Nationality: United States

Washington McLean

Date of Death : Dec 8, 1890
Birth Place : Cincinnati

Washington McLean was an American businessman of Scottish ancestry best known as the owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1848 Washington McLean and his brother S.B.W. McLean acquired a share position in the Cincinnati Enquirer to be partners with editor James J. Farran. Washington McLean bought out Farran in the 1860s and in 1872 sold a half interest in the newspaper to his son. McLean and his wife Mary had three children. Their son, John, purchased his father's remaining fifty percent in the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1881 and went on to acquire the Washington Post in 1905. Their daughter, Mildred "Millie" McLean, was married in 1871 to General William Babcock Hazen. Widowed, she remarried in 1899 to Admiral George Dewey. Washington McLean was a prominent member of the Democratic Party and served as chairman of the Ohio Democratic State central committee in 1853. In 1882, he moved to Washington, D.C. but maintained a legal residency in Cincinnati. In the nation's capital he made large and successful investments in real estate that expanded his wealth.


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