Samuel Crowther (journalist)

Samuel Crowther (1880–1947) was a prominent American journalist and writer who is best known for his collaborative writings with Henry Ford and other industrialists.

Samuel Crowther
BornSamuel Crowther junior
(1880-06-14)14 June 1880
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died27 October 1947(1947-10-27) (aged 67)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
OccupationWriter, Journalist, Biographer
GenreNon-fiction, Biography, Business, Economics
SpouseMary Jane Owens
Childrentwo sons and one daughter


Crowther was born on 14 June 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father also being Samuel Crowther. He was educated at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia and graduated B.S. (1901) and LL.B. (1904) at the University of Pennsylvania.

In college, he won his varsity letters in football and rowing and was a member of the university's crew that distinguished itself in the Henley Regatta. In 1905, his "American Rowing," the first history of the sport in the country, was published.[1] He dedicated his writing career to publishing biographies of famous industrialists and collaborating with some of them to produce works that conveyed their ideas to the public. The most prominent and enduring collaboration was with Henry Ford, the car manufacturer.

He married Mary Jane Owens on 21 November 1914 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died in Boston, Massachusetts on 27 October 1947.[2]


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  1. ^ a b His obituary in the New York Times, 28 October 1947.
  2. ^ "Find a Grave" website:* Retrieved 2012-01-31
  3. ^ a b Who's Who Among American Authors, Edited by Alberta Laurence, Los Angeles: Golden Syndicate Publishing Company, Vol. IV, 1929-30, p. 253.
  4. ^ a b Cf. British Library catalogue.

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