Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, long-time New York Times publisher, dies at 86

arthur-o-sulzberger-sr-gi.jpgArthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr., who was the publisher of the New York Times for nearly 30 years, has died.

The 86-year-old Sulzberger died early Saturday at his home in Southamption, N.Y., the Times reports.

Sulzberger took over as publisher of the paper in 1963 after the death of his brother-in-law, Orvil Dryfoos. He would guide the paper through the turbulence of the 1960s and '70s -- including the Pentagon Papers case in 1971, when the Times fought the federal government over the leak of a classified report that put the lie to many public statements about the Vietnam War. The paper (along with the Washington Post) prevailed.

He also expanded the paper and helped secure its financial well-being after a rocky period in the 1970s. He retired as publisher in 1992 and as chairman of The New York Times Co. five years later. His son, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., is now the paper's publisher.
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