Cornelia Wells Walter (1813 - January 31, 1898) is generally considered to have been the first woman editor of a major newspaper in the United States.
Originally the paper's theater critic, at age 29 she became the editor of the Boston Evening Transcript, taking over the position from her brother Lynde Walter upon his death in 1842. She served as editor from 1842 to 1847.
- ^ Chamberlin, Joseph Edgar (1969). The Boston Transcript: A History of Its First Hundred Years. Freeport, NY: Ayer Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 0-8369-5146-8.
- ^ Lucey, Bill (March 14, 2005). "Women in Journalism: Newspaper Milestones". New York State Library. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- ^ James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S., eds. (1971). Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary. 1. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. pp. 536–537. ISBN 9780674627345.