Received by norfolk Record Office on 2 July 1979 (MS 21655)
Administrative / biographical background:
Henry William Massingham was born 25th May 1860 in Old Catton and educated at Sun Lane School and Norwich Grammar School. After leaving school he worked for the Eastern Daily Press and the Norfolk News. He worked for T. P. O'Connor's 'Star' from 1888 and was briefly its editor in 1890-1891. He resigned in 1891 and joined the staff of the 'Daily Chronicle' in the same year, becoming its editor in March 1895. He resigned in 1899 after disagreeing with the proprietors on Government policy in South Africa and then worked for the 'Manchester Guardian', 'Daily News' and the weekly 'Speaker'.
The 'Speaker' became the 'Nation' in 1907 and Massingham became its editor: he held this position until his resignation in 1923. He died on 27th August 1924.
Massingham's career is described in "Radical Journalist, H. W. Massingham 1860-1924" by A. F. Havighurst (Cambridge University Press 1974).
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