Belo, Alfred Horatio

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Born: May, 1839 AD
Died: 1901 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen, Publishers


1839 - Born in Salem, N.C. in May.

1863-1834 - He fought with the 55th North Carolina Regiment and he was severely wounded twice, first at Gettysburg on the 2nd of July and then in the battle of Cold Harbor on the 3rd of June.

1865 - Belo made his way to Galveston in search of opportunity. After making inquiries in the Houston vicinity, Belo was introduced to Willard Richardson, publisher of The Galveston Daily News and the Texas Almanac.

1857 - He established the Texas Almanac, and by the time of the Civil War, Richardson had built.

1868 - with financial assistance from his father, Belo owned half of the company, which they named Richardson, Belo and Co.

1876-1881 - after Richardson's death, Belo became the sole owner, renaming the firm A.H. Belo and Company.

1887 - He was the first to envision a statewide distribution system using the growing railroad system to deliver the Galveston paper to a far-reaching readership across Texas, and he commissioned a map to be prepared of the state's railroads, so that he could continue to enlarge the distribution network as the railroads reached new destinations.

         - Belo sent George Bannerman Dealey, who had been working his way up at the company since 1874, to start a sister newspaper in Dallas, creating the nation's first newspaper chain.

1901 - Died on the 19th of April at age 62.

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