Murat Halstead (September 2, 1829 - July 2, 1908) was an American journalist and war correspondent during three wars. He was born in Ross, Butler County, Ohio, on 2 Sept. 1829. At 18 he began writing for newspapers, studied at Farmers' College, near Cincinnati, and did local newspaper reporting on several Cincinnati papers. In 1853 he became manager of a department on the Cincinnati Commercial. The following year he acquired a pecuniary interest in the paper, which began rapidly to increase in circulation and influence.
The Commercial combining with the Gazette, its rival, the Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette became the recognized organ of the Ohio Republicans. In 1890 he removed to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he edited the Standard Union. Later he was a contributor to magazines and as a special correspondent went to the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio on 2 July 1908.
He wrote 'The Story of Cuba'; 'Life of William McKinley'; 'The Story of the Philippines'; 'History of American Expansion'; 'Life of Admiral Dewey'; 'The Boer and British War'; 'The War Between Russia and Japan' (1905), etc.
The New International Encyclopaedia (1905)
The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)