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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