Chester Harvey Rowell, California journalist and civic leader, was born in Bloomington, Ill., in 1867, son of Jonathan Harvey
and Marie S. (Woods) Rowell. He was educated in Bloomington public schools, received the Ph.B. degree from the University
of Michigan, 1888, and did graduate work at the universities of Halle and Berlin. In 1898 he became editor and publisher of
the Fresno Republican, a small country newspaper founded by his uncle, Dr. Chester Rowell, and soon made it one of the leading papers of the state.
He sold the Republican in 1920 to George A. Osborn and Chase S. Osborn, Jr. In 1923 Rowell began a series of syndicated newspaper articles and from
1932-1939 was editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He died in 1948.
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