Academic journal article Journalism History

Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique

Academic journal article Journalism History

Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique

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Ellis, William E. Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique. Kent, Ohio: Kent University Press, 1997. 258 pp. $34.

Did Louisville lawyer Robert Worth Bingham facilitate the death of his millionaire second wife so that he could inherit a substantial sum$5 million-that would allow him to purchase Kentucky's flagship newspapers, the Louisville CourierJournal and the Louisville Times?

Historians of journalistic persuasions will find that William E. Ellis's Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique debunks the allegations that circulated after the wife's 1917 death and were resurrected even more widely in a quartet of tabloid-style books published in the 1980s. Ellis says there is no "smoking gun" evidence that Bingham did so.

When Mary Lily Flagler Bingham died, she and Judge Bingham (called that because he briefly served as a circuit judge) had been married for seven months. She had inherited millions from the estate of her first husband, Henry Flagler, a railroad and petroleum magnate.

Born in North Carorua in 1871, Bingham absorbed the traits and tendencies of his Southern-born, Confederacy-supporting family. After attending universities in North Carolina and Virginia, he settled in Louisville, the home of his first wife. …

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