DeWitt Wallace Biography

Publisher, Philanthropist (1889–1981)
DeWitt Wallace was an American publisher and, with his wife, founder of Reader's Digest magazine. The couple supported numerous philanthropic causes.


DeWitt Wallace was born Nov. 12, 1889, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began an index of favorite magazine articles while he was a college student, and he developed the idea of Reader's Digest, a pocket-sized digest of popular articles, while recuperating from World War I wounds. The Wallaces published Reader's Digest themselves and had rapid success. DeWitt Wallace served as editor until 1965.

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