George Gough Booth
|Born||September 24, 1864|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||April 11, 1949 (aged 84)|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen W. Scripps|
|Parent(s)||Henry Wood Booth|
Booth got his start in the newspaper industry as the son-in-law of James E. Scripps (who, in turn, was the older half-brother and one-time partner of E.W. Scripps). With his two brothers, George started with The Detroit News and, in 1893, founded the independent Booth Newspapers, a chain spanning the southern half of Michigan.
Booth and his wife, Ellen Scripps Booth, founded the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1904, the Booths purchased the site of the present-day CEC as a place for their summer home. They hired noted architect Albert Kahn to design their country manor, Cranbrook House. As their country estate grew both in purpose and in scale, Booth had both noted architect Eliel Saarinen and renowned sculptor Carl Milles in residence for many years at CEC.
Booth Newspapers was sold to Advance Publications, a Samuel I. Newhouse property, in 1976. Evening News Association was eventually sold to the Gannett Company in 1985. MediaNews Group currently owns The Detroit News.
- The Evening News Association at one time held newspaper and broadcasting properties located from coast to coast. During Booth's time, the ENA consisted of only The Detroit News and WWJ AM-FM-TV.