English and Journalism

Benjamin Bowles Hampton

Benjamin Bowles Hampton (1875-1932)
Macomb/Galesburg

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.

Read more... Ben Hampton

Earnest Elmo Calkins (1868-1964) | Mary Allensworth Creighton (1895-1995) | Floyd Dell (1887-1969)

Jane Eads (1901-1991) | Edward Robb Ellis (1911-1998) | George Fitch (1877-1915)

Benjamin Bowles Hampton (1875-1932) | Jai Lee (1929-2005) | Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950)

John McConnel (1826-1862) | John Regan (1818-1893) | Ruth Robertson (1905-1998)

Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) | Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) | E.W. Scripps (1854-1926)