The Journal took its modern shape and prominence in the 1940s, a time of industrial expansion for the United States and its financial institutions in New York.
Bernard Kilgore was named managing editor of the paper in 1941, and company CEO in 1945, eventually compiling a 25-year career as the head of the Journal.
The Wall Street Journal is an American business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City.
Barron and his predecessors were credited with creating an atmosphere of fearless, independent financial reporting—a novelty in the early days of business journalism.
In 1921, Barron's, America's premier financial weekly, was founded.
Barron died in 1928, a year before Black Tuesday, the stock market crash that greatly affected the Great Depression in the United States.
Barron's descendants, the Bancroft family, would continue to control the company until 2007.
In 1899, the Journal's Review & Outlook column, which still runs today, appeared for the first time, initially written by Charles Dow.
Journalist Clarence Barron purchased control of the company for US0,000 in 1902; circulation was then around 7,000 but climbed to 50,000 by the end of the 1920s.
According to the Alliance for Audited Media, the Journal had a circulation of about 2.4 million copies (including nearly 900,000 digital subscriptions) as of March 2013, and derives its name from Wall Street in the heart of the Financial District of Lower Manhattan.
The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.
The Journal also publishes the luxury news and lifestyle magazine WSJ.