DeWitt Wallace

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Birthday
12, 1889
Birthplace
Saint Paul, MN
Death Date
Mar 30, 1981 (91)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
12, 1889
Birthplace
Saint Paul, MN
Death Date
Mar 30, 1981 (91)

About

Founder of Reader's Digest magazine, the long-running anthology of popular articles.

Before Fame

He served in the Army in World War I. After being wounded in action, he spent four months in the hospital recovering.

Trivia

He read popular magazines to pass the time, and he started bookmarking his favorite articles. He then hit on the idea of creating a portable compendium of those articles.

Family Life

His wife Lila Bell Wallace helped him found the Reader's Digest magazine. Their first issue came out in 1922.

Associated With

He and his wife were both staunch supporters of Richard Nixon, and their choice of articles for inclusion into Reader's Digest reflected that political view.