William W. Beadell
(12/31/1865—7/3/1931)

Journalist

Anyone who has ever benefited from the “want ads”—the classified section of the newspaper—can thank William W. Beadell, the dynamic newspaper editor/publisher who originated them. Beadell, who was deafened at age 11, was respected for his integrity—promoting truthful journalism, honest business dealings with advertisers and newsboys, treating his employees with consideration, and his absolute dedication to his work. During his long career, he edited and published several newspapers, the most influential being the weekly Observer of Arlington, New Jersey, where he established the “Classified Page.” Beadell was fearless, too; he didn’t hesitate to publish articles criticizing unethical practices by corporations that also happened to be the Observer’s advertising clients. He fought discrimination against deaf automobile drivers and helped safeguard their rights.



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