Walter Newman Haldeman (Walter Newman Haldeman)

Walter Newman Haldeman

Newspaper Founder, Publisher, Editor. Haldeman started a newspaper career in 1840 working as a clerk for the “Louisville Journal”, where he remained three years. He then opened a bookstore and supplies business until one of his customers the “Louisville Dime” defaulted on its credit and he took over the paper and eventually changed the name to the “Louisville Courier”. At the outbreak of the Civil War the paper took a strong pro-Confederate stance to the point that it was suppressed by Union authorities. Haldeman fled south and published his paper sending copies to the Confederate troops and Confederate occupied areas of Kentucky. When Nashville was captured Haldeman ceased publication and rode out the war in Georgia. Following the war he returned to Louisville and resumed publishing the paper. In 1868 he bought and merged the “Louisville Journal” with the “Courier” forming the still in existence “Louisville-Courier Journal” and made Henry Watterson editor, a position Watterson held for fifty years. In 1884 Haldeman started the “Louisville Times”, as an evening counterpart to the “Courier-Journal”. During the 1880’s Haldeman was a principal in developing the town of Naples, Fl. Haldeman died May 13, 1902 three days after having been struck by a streetcar. (bio by: Steve Dunn)  Family links:  Parents:  John Haldeman (1771 – 1844)  Elizabeth Newman Haldeman (1790 – 1874)  Spouse:  Elizabeth Metcalfe Haldeman (1827 – 1908)*  Children:  William Birch Haldeman (1846 – 1924)*  John Avery Haldeman (1855 – 1899)*  Lizzie Haldeman Pearce (1858 – 1883)*  Bruce Haldeman (1862 – 1948)*  Isabelle Haldeman (1865 – 1951)*  Siblings:  Walter Newman Haldeman (1821 – 1902)  Catherine Ann Haldeman Escott (1823 – 1884)*  Robert Wilson Haldeman (1827 – 1846)* *Calculated relationship


  • April, 27, 1821
  • USA


  • May, 05, 1902
  • USA


  • Cave Hill Cemetery
  • Kentucky
  • USA

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