Frank Ernest Gannett, (September 15, 1876 – December 3, 1957) was founder of the Gannett media corporation which owns the Democrat & Chronicle.
According to Wikipedia:
"In 1918, he and his partners moved their headquarters to Rochester, New York where they acquired the Herald, Union and Advertiser and combined them as the Times-Union (the former evening paper of Rochester). In 1923 Gannett bought out his partners and formed his eponymous holding company which then consisted of six newspapers. In 1928 Gannett had purchased the Democrat and Chronicle morning paper of Rochester."
See Frank Gannett's Wikipedia article for details of his life and connections to Western New York.
Other Rochester Connections
Gannett is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
The Frank E. Gannett Building at RIT is named after him