Charles Scribner II

Charles Scribner II (October 18, 1854 – April 19, 1930) was the president of Charles Scribner's Sons and a trustee at Skidmore College.

Charles Scribner II
Charles Scribner by V Floyd Campbell.jpg
Portrait of Charles Scribner II by V. Floyd Campbell
Born(1854-10-18)October 18, 1854
Manhattan, New York, US
DiedApril 19, 1930(1930-04-19) (aged 75)
Manhattan, New York, US
EducationPrinceton University (1875)
EmployerCharles Scribner's Sons
Spouse(s)Louise Flagg
ChildrenCharles Scribner III
Parent(s)Charles Scribner I
Emma Elizabeth Blair
RelativesArthur Hawley Scribner (brother)
John Blair Scribner (brother)
Ernest Flagg (brother-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

He was born in New York City on October 18, 1854. He was the son of Emma Elizabeth Blair (1827–1869) and Charles Scribner I.


He joined his father's publishing company in 1875 after his Princeton graduation.[1] When the other partners in the venture sold their stake to the family, the company was renamed Charles Scribner's Sons. In 1884, Scribner's younger brother, Arthur Hawley Scribner, joined Charles Scribner's Sons. The book publishing business was highly successful, and in 1886 Scribner's Magazine was relaunched. It too was a great success.

In 1889, Scribner was a founding member of the American Publishers Association.[2] He was a trustee at Skidmore College.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Scribner's brother-in-law, Ernest Flagg, was an architect and designed two Beaux-Arts buildings for the firm's New York headquarters.

He died on April 19, 1930.[4]


His summer house in Cornwall, New York, was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ "Archives of Charles Scribner's Sons". Princeton University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Charles Scribner, 1821–1871 (Princeton Class of 1840), Charles Scribner, 1854–1930 (Princeton Class of 1875), Arthur Hawley Scribner, 1859–1932 (Princeton Class of 1881), Charles Scribner, 1890–1952 (Princeton Class of 1913), Charles Scribner, 1921–1995 (Princeton Class of 1943), Charles Scribner, 1951– (Princeton Class of 1973)
  2. ^ "The Price of Books" (PDF). The New York Times. October 13, 1900. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  3. ^ "Mourned at Skidmore. Up-State College Pays Tribute to Mr. Scribner, a Trustee". The New York Times. April 23, 1930. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Mr. Scribner, brother-in-law of Mrs. Lucy Skidmore Scribner, was a trustee of the college almost from the beginning, becoming a member of the board in 1912. ...
  4. ^ "Charles Scribner Dies suddenly at 76. Publisher Succumbs to Heart Disease at Home Here. Was at Desk Thursday. Entered Firm as Youth. Directed Business His Father Founded. Fostered Work of American Authors. Firm Founded in 1846. Received Honorary Degree". The New York Times. April 20, 1930. Retrieved 2008-07-24. Charles Scribner, chairman of the Board of Directors of the publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons, 597 Fifth Avenue, which was founded by his father, died suddenly at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon of heart ...

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