April 23: Stilson Hutchins (1912)

Stilson Hutchins was a lifelong journalist and a millionaire philanthropist. A native of New Hampshire, Hutchins attended schools in Boston and eventually graduated from Harvard. He started his career as a reporter in Boston and later went to Iowa where he had charge of papers in Des Moines and Dubuque. Soon after the Civil War, he relocated to St. Louis and established the Daily Times. During this period he was also a member of the Missouri legislature. Soon after, Hutchins came to Washington, where he founded The Washington Post in order to advance Democratic Party views. It was first published in 1877 and within a year the circulation topped 6000 copies per day. Joseph Pulitzer joined the staff in 1880.

For many years, Hutchins was engaged in various business enterprises in Washington and did much to enhance the city. Hutchins presented the statue of Benjamin Franklin, which today stands at the corner of 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW in front of the Old Post Office. Hutchins also donated the Daniel Webster Memorial at Scott Circle. Webster was a fellow New Hampshire native. Hutchins associated with Epiphany somewhere along the way. The funeral of his second wife, Sarita, took place there as well as his own before interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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