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Bok, Edward William

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1930 AD
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.