The Pulitzer award, named after Joseph Pulitzer, is often considered to be one of the prestigious marks of recognition in the fields of journalism and literary arts. Joseph Pulitzer was an American newspaper editor and publisher who helped to establish the pattern of the modern newspaper.
Joseph Pulitzer was born to a wealthy family of Magyar-Jewish origin in Mako, Hungary on April 10, 1847. The Pulitzers were among several Jewish families living in the area and had established a reputation as merchants and shopkeepers.
In his time he was one of the most powerful journalists in the United States. He became a leading national figure in the Democratic Party and was elected congressman from New York. He crusaded against big business and corruption and helped keep the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Today, his name is best known for the Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 as a result of his endowment to Columbia University. The prizes are given annually to recognize and reward excellence in American journalism, photography, literature, history, poetry, music and drama.
To hour him commemorative postage stamps were issued in 1947 by United State Postal Department.
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