Stillman Bingham

Stillman Bingham was a well-known and respected newspaper man who was nationally recognized for his editorial and political accomplishments. His 1933 obituary documents his contributions to Duluth and the nation.

Bingham, editor of the Duluth Herald since 1908 and an active newspaper man for more than forty years, died at his home suddenly this morning. After working several years at smaller publications, Mr. Bingham joined the Herald in 1894 as courthouse and political reporter. In 1903, he resigned his position to go to Washington as secretary for J. Adam Bede, who had just been elected to Congress, serving there with him for two years. He returned to Duluth in January, 1905, and rejoined The Herald as legislative correspondent and associate editor. Mr. Bingham was known as one of the most widely quoted editors of the country, both in the leading daily publications and the periodical magazines.

He is also credited with having established The Herald among the outstanding publications of the country. His editorials on national and international affairs, as well as political issues confronting the government, were constantly being quoted in the press of the country and often won special recognition in the leading magazines. To Mr. Bingham went credit on many occasions for initiating local and statewide movements in his editorials that were carried through successfully to the benefit of the general public. First among these was the St. Lawrence waterway, which he had championed through the years. His support and counsel were sought by civic and political leaders almost daily, while his name was often found on committees serving in behalf of Duluth and Northern Minnesota. He was active in local civic groups and local flower societies.


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