LuEsther Mertz Businessperson

LuEsther T. Mertz (December 30, 1905, Ohio – February 5, 1991, Long Island, New York), a businesswoman and philanthropist, was the youngest child of a Methodist minister and his wife. She trained as a librarian at Syracuse University. In 1953, LuEsther and her husband, Harold Mertz, along with their daughter, Joyce, founded Publishers Clearing House. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House grew from an initial mailing of 10,000 letters to a marketing legend. Mrs. Mertz was active in the company's management, serving as a member of its Executive Committee until her death in 1991. In 1962 she founded Choice Magazine Listening, an audio anthology of magazine writing for the visually impaired. She went on to become a major supporter of Lincoln Center, Central Park Conservancy, New York City Ballet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joyce Theater Foundation, New York Botanical Garden, the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, and the American Civil Liberties Union. In her own town she served as a Trustee of the Port Washington Public Library and was a founding member of the Port Washington League of Women Voters.

Personal details

Date of birth
December 30th, 1905
United States of America
Date of death
February 5th, 1991 at age of 85
Places lived
Ohio , United States of America
pop. 11,570,808 (2013)




1. Syracuse University Colleges/University

Syracuse University, commonly referred to as Syracuse, 'Cuse, or SU, is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States. Its roots can be traced back to Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1832, which also later founded Genesee College. Following several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was founded independent of the college in 1870. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church. Syracuse was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1966 but withdrew its membership in 2011 due to diverging views in evaluating criteria between the University and the AAU.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 1.05 bil. $
2010. 689 mil. $
Institution colors
March 24th, 1870
900 South Crouse Ave., 13244 - Syracuse, New York
2012. 14,798
2010. 14,201
2009. 13,736
2012. 6,231
2010. 6,206
Acceptance rate
2012. 51.3 %
2011. 49.4 %
2010. 49.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 39 K $
2010. 35 K $
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Organizations founded

1. Publishers Clearing House


Date funded


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Lidership history

Andrew Goldberg
2003- Chief Executive Officer


Joyce Mertz
Harold Mertz


101 Winners Circle, 11050 - Port Washington, New York

Wikiedia article

Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates prize-based game, search, and lottery websites. Its products are promoted through sweepstakes and prize promotions. The company is known for the Prize Patrol, which surprises sweepstakes winners at their home in a televised event. Publishers Clearing House was founded in 1953 by Harold Mertz to replace door-to-door, single-magazine subscription sales with a single vendor offering multiple subscriptions by mail. It introduced its sweepstakes in 1967. In the early 1990s, the company became the subject of concerns and legal actions regarding whether consumers were misled about their odds of winning the sweepstakes and whether purchases increased their chances. By 2010, the company had reached settlements with all 50 states. Recently the company has invested in online properties, acquiring search company Blingo Inc. in 2006, online gaming company Funtank in 2010 and mobile marketing company Liquid Wireless in 2012.


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