Biography and History

The son of Scotch-Irish parents, Young Ewing Allison was born at Henderson, Ky., on December 23, 1853. He established the first daily newspaper in Henderson, The Chronicle, at the age of 19. In 1880 he moved to Louisville to become city editor of The Courier-Journal. He was a co-founder of the Insurance Field, an insurance trade publication, in 1897, and for thirty-three years he served as its editor-in chief, president, or board chairman. Allison also wrote the librettos of several operas, such as The Ogallalas, which was the first American Indian and Scout opera, and wrote a small volume on novel reading called The Delicious Vice. Allison wrote about music and for musical publications, and on many other subjects, both literary and artistic.

Source: From the finding aid for C1003