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journalist , writer

Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She was one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era.


Tarbell, Ida Minerva was born on November 5, 1857 in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Franklin S. and Esther Ann (McCullough) Tarbell.


Student in Paris at The Sorbonne and Collège de France, 1891-1894.


Editor McClure’s Magazine, 1894-1906. Editor American Magazine, 1906-1915.


  • biographical book

    • Madame Roland: a biographical study 1905 1916

  • book

    • The ways of woman 1915

    • A short life of Napoleon Bonaparte 1895

  • Other Work

    • Author: Short Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1895. Life of Madame Roland, 1896. Early Life of Abraham Lincoln (with J. McCan Davis), 1896.Life of Abraham Lincoln (2 vols.), 1900. History of the Standard Oil Corporation (2 vols.), 1904. He Knew Lincoln, 1907.Father Abraham, 1909. The Tariff in Our Times, 1911. The Business of Being a Woman, 1912.The Ways of Women. 1915. New Ideals in Business, 1916. The Rising of the Tide, 1919.In Lincoln’s Chair, 1920. Boy Scouts’ Life of Lincoln, 1921. He Knew Lincoln, and Other Billy Brown Stories.In the Footsteps of Lincoln, 1924. Life of Judge Gary, 1925. A Reporter for Lincoln, 1927.Owen D. Young—a New Type of Industrial Leader, 1932. The Nationalizing of Business, 1878-1898, 1936. All in the Day’s Work (autobiography), 1939.


Member American History Association, English Society of Women Journalists, American Woman’s Association. Clubs: National Arts, Cosmopolitan, Pen and Brush. Member woman’s committee Council of National Defense.

Member President Wilson’s Industrial Conference 1919, and President Harding’s Unemployment Conference. Member National Women’s Committee Mobilization for Human Needs, 1933-1938.


Esther Ann (McCullough) Tarbell

Theodore L. Flood