(1872 to 1947)
Claim to fame: Editor of Vanity Fair from 1914 to 1936.
Quote: “Married men make very poor husbands.”
Life in 600 words or less: In 1913, the publisher Conde Nast had a problem. He'd recently acquired a magazine called Dress, bought the name of another one, Vanity Fair, and combined the two into Dress & Vanity Fair. Ungainly as its title was, that wasn't the magazine's only failing. It also lacked a clear editorial direction, or at least one that satisfied Nast. He decided to consult his friend Frank Crowninshield on the matter.