Young, John Russell, 1840–99, American journalist, b. Ireland. He started his newspaper career with the Philadelphia Press and by 1862 was its managing editor. From 1866 to 1869 he was managing editor of the New York Tribune. Young was sent abroad in the 1870s on missions for the government and for the New York Herald. He reported one of his trips in Around the World with General Grant (1879). Later he was minister to China (1882–85), and he played an important role in the negotiations that resulted in the French protectorate over Indochina. In 1897 he was made Librarian of Congress.
See his Men and Memories (1901).