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''The San Francisco Call'' was a
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newspaper
that served
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San Francisco, California
. Because of a succession of mergers with other newspapers, the paper variously came to be called ''The San Francisco Call & Post'', the ''San Francisco Call-Bulletin'', ''San Francisco News-Call Bulletin'', and the ''News-Call Bulletin'' before it was finally retired after being purchased by the ''
San Francisco Examiner The ''San Francisco Examiner'' is a newspaper distributed in and around San Francisco, California, and published since 1863. The longtime "Monarch of the Dailies" and flagship of the Hearst Corporation chain, the ''Examiner'' converted to free d ...

San Francisco Examiner
''.


History

Between December 1856 and March 1895 ''The San Francisco Call'' was named ''The Morning Call'', but its name was changed when it was purchased by
John D. Spreckels John Diedrich Spreckels (August 16, 1853 – June 7, 1926), the son of German-American industrialist A business magnate is someone who has achieved great success and enormous wealth through the ownership of multiple lines of enterprise. The ter ...

John D. Spreckels
. In the period from 1863 to 1864
Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name A pen name, also called a ''nom de plume'' () or a literary double, is a pseudonym A pseudonym () (originally: ψευδώνυμος in Greek) or ...

Mark Twain
worked as one of the paper's writers. It was headquartered at
Newspaper Row A newspaper is a Periodical literature, periodical publication containing written News, information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background. Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as po ...
. The ''Morning Call'' was reported purchased by Charles M. Shortridge of the ''
San Jose Mercury ''The Mercury News'' (formerly ''San Jose Mercury News'', often locally known as ''The Merc'') is a morning daily newspaper published in San Jose, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is published by the Bay Area News Group, a subsidiar ...
'' for $360,000 in January 1895. Shortridge became the sole proprietor and editor. He was elected to the California state legislature in 1898 representing the 28th district (San Jose). In 1913 M. H. de Young, owner of the ''
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'', purchased the paper and sold it to
William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst Sr. (; April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American businessman, newspaper publisher, and politician known for developing the nation's largest newspaper chain and media company, . His flamboyant methods of influen ...

William Randolph Hearst
who in 1918 brought in editor Fremont Older, former editor of the ''
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''. In December of that year (1913), Hearst merged ''The San Francisco Call'' with the ''Evening Post'' and the papers became ''The San Francisco Call & Post''. Its most famous editor, crusading journalist Fremont Older, agitated for years against civic corruption and colluded with wealthy San Franciscan sugar baron Rudolph Spreckels to bring down the Mayor,
Eugene Schmitz Eugene Edward Schmitz (August 22, 1864 – November 20, 1928), often referenced as "Handsome Gene" Schmitz, was an American musician and politician, the 26th mayor of San Francisco (1902-7), who was in office during the 1906 San Francisco earthqu ...
and political boss,
Abe Ruef Abraham Ruef (September 2, 1864 – February 29, 1936) was an American lawyer and politician. He gained notoriety as the corrupt political boss behind the administration of Mayor Eugene Schmitz of San Francisco during the period before and af ...
. On 29 August 1929, the newspaper name was changed again to the ''San Francisco Call-Bulletin'', when the ''San Francisco Call & Post'' merged with the ''San Francisco Bulletin''. In 1959 the ''San Francisco Call-Bulletin'' merged with Scripps-Howard's ''
San Francisco News ''The Daily News'', later titled ''The San Francisco News'', was a newspaper published in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1903 by E. W. Scripps as a four-page penny paper. In its early years, it was the smallest of the several newspap ...
'' becoming the ''News-Call Bulletin''. In 1965, the ''News-Call Bulletin'' ceased publication after being purchased by the ''
San Francisco Examiner The ''San Francisco Examiner'' is a newspaper distributed in and around San Francisco, California, and published since 1863. The longtime "Monarch of the Dailies" and flagship of the Hearst Corporation chain, the ''Examiner'' converted to free d ...

San Francisco Examiner
''.


Notable journalists

''Bulletin'' *
William Brown Meloney (1878–1925) William Brown Meloney (1877–1925) was a journalist, writer, executive secretary to Mayor William Jay Gaynor of New York City and a historian of shipping. Biography He was born on June 6, 1877, in San Francisco, California. His grandfathers wer ...
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Bessie Beatty Bessie Beatty (January 27, 1886 – April 6, 1947) was an American journalist, editor, playwright, and radio host. Early life and education Elizabeth Mary "Bessie" Beatty was born and raised in Los Angeles, one of four children of Thomas and Jane B ...
''Call'' *
Frances Fuller Victor Frances Auretta Fuller (Barritt) Victor (pen names: Florence Fane, Dorothy D.) (May 23, 1826 – November 14, 1902) was an American historian and historical novelist. She has been described as "the first Oregon historian to gain regional and nation ...

Frances Fuller Victor
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Evelyn Wells Evelyn Wells (7 April 1899 – 6 September 1984) was a 20th-century American biographer and author most known for her biographies of the ancient Egyptian Ancient Egypt was a civilization of Ancient history, ancient North Africa, concentr ...
''Call-Bulletin'' *
Adeline Daley Adeline Helen Daley (née Sumi; August 31, 1921 – May 15, 1984) was one of the first female sportswriters, covering baseball for the ''San Francisco Call-Bulletin''. She later went on to become a nationally syndicated humor columnist for the ''Sa ...
Associated Press, "Adeline Daley, News Humorist," ''Chicago Tribune,'' May 17, 1984, Page IV-13
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See also

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Central Tower (San Francisco) Central Tower is a 21-story office building at Market Street (San Francisco), Market and Third Street (San Francisco), Third Streets in San Francisco, California. The building has undergone numerous renovations since its completion in 1898 as th ...
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The Montgomery (San Francisco) The Montgomery is a residential highrise located at 74 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California. The building was designed by the Reid Brothers architects in 1914 and served as headquarters and the offices of the newspaper ''The San Franc ...


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