- Category : 1905-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (9,19,27,41,55)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 4
American publisher of the Manchester Union Leader newspaper (later The New Hampshire Union Leader) in Manchester, New Hampshire, for thirty-five years from 1946 until his death. His unyieldingly conservative political views helped to make The Union Leader one of the best-known small papers in the country. The publication benefited from nationwide attention every four years during the New Hampshire primary.
His parents were both of German descent. His father William Loeb, Jr. (1866–1937) was executive secretary to Theodore Roosevelt, and a nationally known figure in his own day.
Loeb is best known for his unyielding conservatism. The Union Leader already tilted Republican editorially when he bought it, but veered sharply to the right after his purchase. Since then, the paper has been one of the most conservative newspapers in the nation
Loeb is best remembered nationally for his alleged role in attacking Edmund Muskie through The Union Leader in what is known locally as the Canuck letter, derailing the Maine senator's 1972 presidential bid.
Loeb stood alone among conservatives in his staunch support for Jimmy Hoffa, despite otherwise being a foe of labor.
Loeb married three times and had two daughters. He died from cancer "shortly after noon" on 14 September 1981 at age 75 in Burlington, Massachusetts.