BLOCK, PAUL (1877–1941), U.S. publisher of an early newspaper chain. Born in Elmira, N.Y., Block made his first venture into newspaper ownership by purchasing the Newark Star-Eagle in 1908. He bought the Evening Sun and Morning Post (both of Pittsburgh) in 1927 and later was president and publisher of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Toledo Blade, and Toledo Times. He was a contributor to Jewish and other philanthropic causes, and donated $100,000 to Yale University in 1930 for a study of newspapers in the modern world.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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