Charles Scribner, 1821–71, American publisher, b. New York City. He founded in 1846 the publishing house that in 1878 became Charles Scribner's Sons and in 1870 he began Scribner's Monthly, which in 1881 became the Century Magazine. His son, Charles Scribner, 1854–1930, became head of the firm in 1879 and founded Scribner's Magazine, a literary periodical, in 1887. He was the donor of the Princeton Univ. Press building.