Patterson served in France in World War I, and upon his return to the United States he founded (1919) the New York Daily News —the first successful tabloid in the country. By sensational coverage of sex and crime stories, and by extensive use of photography, the Daily News became the largest circulation newspaper in the United States. In 1925 he relinquished his holdings in the Chicago Tribune and then continued to expand the operations of the Daily News syndicate. He supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt until 1940, after which Patterson's isolationist viewpoint caused him to attack the Democratic administration.
Cissy Patterson became well-known for her spectacular news presentation. Under the name of Eleanor M. Gizycka she wrote the books Glass Houses (1926) and Fall Flight (1928).
Joseph Medill Patterson's daughter,
See J. W. Tebbel, An American Dynasty (1947, repr. 1968) biographies of E. M. Patterson by P. F. Healy (1966) and R. A. Hoge (1966).
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