Harry Chandler.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Harry Chandler was born in Landaff, New Hampshire back in 1864 to Moses and Emma. While attending Dartmouth College on a dare, he jumped into a vat of starch, leading him with a case of severe pneumonia. He left Dartmouth and moved to Los Angeles. He found employment working in the fruit fields.

He soon started a small delivery company which also became responsible for delivering the city’s morning newspapers. The publisher of The Los Angeles Times hired him as the Times general manager. He wound up marring the publisher’s daughter Marian in 1894, that union produced six children. When her father died he took over as the publisher of the Times. For three straight years the Times lead all other American newspaper in advertising space and in the number of classified ads.

He was involved in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the 1932 Summer Olympics, the Biltmore Hotel, the Douglas Aircraft Company, the Hollywood Bowl and the Ambassador Hotel to name a few. He was also a speculator investing in the development of the San Fernando Valley, the Hollywood Hills, including Mulholland Drive. He died in 1944 from a heart attack, he was 80.

What you may not know about Harry is at the time he became the owner of the largest real estate empire in the United States.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I started to think he was going to be the founder of UPS or FedEx....wise investor !

Jun 07, 2019 03:06 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, considering WHERE he invested, I can understand how he became the owner of the largest real estate empire... 

Jun 07, 2019 03:16 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - very enterprising person.  Surprised we have not heard more about him.

Jun 07, 2019 03:53 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He invested wisely.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 07, 2019 03:59 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think his real estate holdings were a bit larger than mine currently are.

Jun 07, 2019 04:23 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good mornng James. He chose wisely without doubt and continued to do so. Enjoy your day!

Jun 07, 2019 04:43 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Now this is a story. Incredible. Go figure. Have a great day.

Jun 07, 2019 04:58 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

It was good that he got in early since newspapers are challenged with their bottom line. Now real estate was good to him.

Jun 07, 2019 05:09 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he became a very wealthy man, good for him.  I don't think I have ever read the LA Times, haha.

Jun 07, 2019 05:55 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - the name was immediately known to me as a native Angeleno.  The many contributions of the Chandler family to the city of Los Angeles is well-known and it is certainly bountiful.  

Jun 07, 2019 06:26 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like Michael Jacobs I knew the name immediately having lived in Los Angeles many years.  I even corresponded with Dorothy Chandler who at the time was in charge of the Chandler Pavillion.  The Chandler family were also big contributors to the arts.  A

Jun 07, 2019 07:51 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I thought I recognized the name from being here in California. He had an impressive a career!

Enjoy your weekend!


Jun 07, 2019 08:42 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James,  All success stories you have for us on a daily bases.  What will they write about you someday!


Jun 07, 2019 09:35 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I was not familiar with his name but an early landowner in CA would certainly have made him a wealthy person. 

Jun 07, 2019 09:52 AM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 The list of Harry’s accomplishments is amazing and I thank you for sharing it James Dray 

Jun 07, 2019 11:37 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Harry knew good investments when he saw them. The ability to see the future value of these properties served him well.

Jun 07, 2019 12:46 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well having called Los Angeles my home for 22+ years indeed the name jumped out at me... If I am not mistaken his son continue the tradition and became  the owner of the Los Angeles Times and would you believe it the family continued the same smart strategy. His grandson started "goodreads" the book readers website  and sold it a few years ago for top dollar, Endre

Jun 07, 2019 11:18 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a smart man James Dray .

Jun 08, 2019 05:09 PM #18
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A very nice achievement for Harry Chandler, James.  

Jun 10, 2019 01:22 PM #19
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