On This Day In Yonkers History

December 6, 1907

John Kendrick Bangs was appointed editor of the Metropolitan Magazine and the Daily Telegraph. Both publications had been purchased by Harper & Brothers in 1902.

Bangs, an American author, humorist, editor and satirist, was a native son of Yonkers.  He studied at Columbia College where he became editor of Columbia's literary magazine.  After graduating he became an Associate Editor of Life.

In 1888 he went to work for Harper's Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and Harper's Young People

In 1894 Bangs ran for the office of mayor of Yonkers, but was defeated.  He was a member of the Yonkers Board of Education.

In 1904 he was appointed editor of Puck, perhaps the foremost American humor magazine of its day.

John Kendrick Bangs died of stomach cancer in 1922 at the age of fifty-nine.


Source:  Yonkers Rising, December 2, 2016