Ivy Lee

Ivy Ledbetter Lee (1877 - 1934)

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Ivy Ledbetter Lee
Born in Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, United Statesmap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Ivy Lee is Notable.

Ivy was born in 1877. He was the son of James Lee and Emma Ledbetter. He passed away in 1934. Ivy Ledbetter Lee was an American publicity expert and a founder of modern public relations. He is best known for his work with the Rockefeller family.

Ivy Lee was born near Cedartown, Georgia, the son of a Methodist minister, Dr James Wideman Lee, author of several books and a contributor to John L. Brandt's Anglo-Saxon Supremacy, or, Race Contributions to Civilization (1915). Ivy Lee studied at Emory College and then graduated from Princeton. He was a journalist at the New York American, the New York Times, and the New York World. Lee got his first job in 1903 as a publicity manager for the Citizens' Union. He authored the book The Best Administration New York City Ever Had. He later took a job with the Democratic National Committee. Lee married Cornelia Bartlett Bigalow in 1901. They had three children: Alice Lee in 1902, James Wideman Lee II in 1906, and Ivy Lee, Jr. in 1909.


  • New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WVX-J58 : 10 February 2018), Eufala Ledbetter in entry for Ivy L. Lee, 09 Nov 1934; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,026,123.

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