English and Journalism

Benjamin Bowles Hampton

Benjamin Bowles Hampton (1875-1932)

By Bill Knight

Macomb man became muckraker, early multi-media mogul

Macomb native Benjamin Bowles Hampton in his 56-year lifetime:

  • authored books, including one of the first histories of the movies;
  • wrote and produced films, and served as president of the General Film Company;
  • worked as a public relations and ad executive for the American Tobacco Company;
  • published a muckraking magazine in New York - Hampton’s;
  • worked in an early advertising agency in New York City; and
  • got his start owning and operating community newspapers in Macomb, then a larger daily in Galesburg.

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