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Bok, Edward William (Edward)

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1930 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Editors


1863 - Edward William Bok was born on the 9th of October, in Den Helder, The Netherlands.

1869 - At the age of six, he immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, USA.

1870 - He entered public schools of Brooklyn, New York.

1873 - He obtained first position in Frost’s Bakery, Smith Street, Brooklyn, at 50 cents per week.

1876 - He became an office boy with the Western Union Telegraph Company.

1882 - He began work with Henry Holt and Company.

1884 - He became involved with Charles Scribner's Sons, where he eventually became advertising manager.

1884 - He became editor of The Brooklyn Magazine.

1886 - He founded The Bok Syndicate Press.

1889 - He gained the editorship of Ladies Home Journal.

         - During his editorship, the journal became the first magazine in the world to have 1 million subscribers.

1896 - He married Mary Louise Curtis Bok.

1911 - He founded, with others, The Child Federation of Philadelphia.

1912 - He published: The Edward Bok Books of Self-Knowledge; five volumes: Fleming H. Revell Company.

1913 - He founded, with others, The Merion Civic Association, at Merion, Pennsylvania.

1915 - He published Why I Believe in Poverty: Houghton, Mifflin Company.

1916 - He published poem, God’s Hand, set to music by Josef Hofmann: Schirmer &Company.

1917 - He was vice-president Philadelphia Belgian Relief Commission.

         - He was q member of National Y. M. C. A. War Work Council.

         - He was State chairman for Pennsylvania of Y. M. C. A. War Work Council.

1918 - He was a member of Executive Committee and chairman of Publicity Committee, Philadelphia War Chest.

         - He was Chairman of Philadelphia Y. M. C. A. Recruiting Committee.

         - He was State chairman for Pennsylvania of United War Work Campaign.

         - On the August and November, hevisited the battle-fronts in France as guest of the British

1919 - After 30 years at the journal, he retired.

         - Bok is credited with coining the word "living room" to replace the American "parlor".

1920 - Wrote his autobiography, "The Americanization of Edward Bok", which won the Gold Medal of the Academy of Political and Social Science and the Pulitzer Prize for best autobiography.

1930 - Edward William Bok died On the 9th of January.


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