Charles Scribner, Jr.


Biography of Charles Scribner, Jr.

Charles Scribner IV (July 13, 1921 - November 11, 1995), also known as Charles Scribner, Jr., was the head of the Charles Scribner's Sons publishing company. He was a resident of Manhattan for most of his adult life, establishing a residence in the upper east side area after 1945, when he was twenty-four.

He was born in Quogue, New York on July 13, 1921 to Vera Gordon Bloodgood and Charles Scribner III and was raised in Far Hills, New Jersey. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire for secondary school. He was graduated from Princeton University in 1943, receiving his A.B. degree, summa cum laude. Five members of his family have been graduates of Princeton.

He was a Navy cryptanalyst during World War II and the Korean War.

He succeeded his father, Charles Scribner III, in 1952 as chief of Charles Scribner's Sons, which had been founded by his great-grandfather, Charles Scribner I, in 1846. He oversaw the operations until 1984, when the company was bought out by Macmillan Publishing.

He was a trustee of Princeton University from 1969 to 1979. He was a trustee of the Princeton University Press from 1949 to 1981, also serving as its president from 1957 to 1968. He was president of the American Book Publishers Council from 1966 to 1968.

He died on November 11, 1995 at the Mary Manning Walsh nursing home on York Avenue in Manhattan.

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