Joseph Pulitzer was an American journalist and publisher. He was known as the founder of what is now the Pulitzer Prize, which are awards for American journalism. Joseph Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary in 1847. He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family. His father, Philip Pulitzer was a wealthy grain merchant, who also died when Joseph was only eleven years old. A few years after his father died, his mother married a business man named Max Blau. Pulitzer attended many private schools. Finally, in 1864 he moved to America. When he moved to America he was very poor (hard to believe). He first tried being a boss stevedore in St. Louis, but it unfortunately failed. He then decided to move west and see if he could earn money there. In that event, he ended up in New York City. In New York, he ended up purchasing the ‘New York World’ in 1883 from a controversial financier named Jay Gould. This was a very good decision because it made Pulitzer very wealthy. He then joined forces with another wealthy man named William Randolph Hearst. Together they ruled all of New York. Nothing could stop them from getting what they wanted. Until, one day in 1899 when everything was about to change.