Theodore Thaddeus Ellis was born in St. Louis, Missouri back in 1867 to John and Mary. As a teen, he worked as an apprentice becoming a pressman in 1886. He joined the United States Navy serving three years before being discharged. He worked for the Brockton Enterprise in Massachusetts and the Boston Herald.
He saw a need to improve the printing process, he started working on a project, his employer at the time the Worcester Telegram give him the ultimatum, either work or resign. After his resignation he developed several inventions, but the most notable one was the “press blanket”, what we now call offset printing. It is still in use to this day. With his earnings, he bought The Worcester Evening Gazette. With Frank Knox, he bought joint control of the Chicago Daily News. He died in London in 1934 he was 66.
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