Known by the general public for the prizes in journalism, literature, drama, and music that bear his name, Joseph Pulitzer was a Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher extraordinaire. Following his immigration to the United States at age 17 and his service in the Union Army during the American Civil War, Pulitzer became a reporter in St. Louis, Missouri. By the time of his death in 1911, he had completely revitalized several newspapers, bringing them back to profitability and credibility. Among them was the New York 'World'. He had also endowed the Journalism School at Columbia University and, in his will, established the Pulitzer Prize.
The Joseph Pulitzer Issue was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. A total 120,452,600 stamps of the 3-cent Pulitzer were issued by the Post Office Department.