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George McFerran Fuqua

Male 1887 - 1960  (73 years)


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  • Name George McFerran Fuqua 
    Born 15 Sep 1887  Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Dec 1960  Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Buried 16 Dec 1960  Resurrection Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I9131  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2020 

    Father Joseph Anderson Fuqua,   b. 3 Jul 1849,   d. 26 May 1915  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Raphael Smith,   b. 1 Sep 1853,   d. 27 Nov 1928  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F5386  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Martine O'Bryan,   b. 29 Oct 1900, Newman, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1984, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1928  [6, 7, 8
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F6568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was a brother-in-law of Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator J. C. W. Beckham, who was himself related by blood or marriage to a variety of other 19th-century political figures.

      Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 7 Dec 1968, p. 15:

      George M. Fuqua, who died Dec. 14, 1960, joined Urey Woodson's Messenger in 1904. His rise to a position of importance was rapid. He was soon named temporary business manager and later business manager of The Messenger. He performed a vital role in the consolidation of the Messenger and Inquirer in 1929, in negotiations for which he acted in behalf of his employer, Woodson.

      In January, 1929, he was made vice president of Owensboro Publishing Co. and business manager of the Messenger and Inquirer.

      He was elected secretary-treasurer of Owensboro Broadcasting Co. when he helped organize it in 1936 to launch radio station WOMI.

      He was an active newspaperman from 1904 until his death in 1960, except for the time spent in service of his country in World War I.

      The following is taken from an editorial tribute at the time of his death:

      "As a business executive, George Fuqua had few peers in the newspaper profession. In dealing with personnel and the public he made friends and admirers, without ever sacrificing any principles, or relaxing firmness when to compromise meant to yield to pressures he believed to be wrong. He aroused in those who worked for him a loyalty and devotion that bordered on worship."

  • Sources 
    1. [S4702] "George M. Fuqua Dies At Home Here; He Served Local Press Half Century." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 14 Dec 1960, p. 1.

    2. [S4703] Find a Grave page for George McFerran Fuqua.

    3. [S2218] U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S4700] "Publishing Company Director Dies at 83." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 22 May 1984, p. 15., year only.

    5. [S4703] Find a Grave page for George McFerran Fuqua., place only.

    6. [S4701] "Mrs. Martine O'Bryan Fuqua." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 7 Dec 1968, p. 24.

    7. [S4700] "Publishing Company Director Dies at 83." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 22 May 1984, p. 15.

    8. [S4702] "George M. Fuqua Dies At Home Here; He Served Local Press Half Century." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 14 Dec 1960, p. 1., says "June 11, 1929", probably a typo.