Walter Hines Page (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
Walter Hines Page, though usually remembered today as Woodrow Wilson’s ambassador to England during World War I, made his most significant contribution to late nineteenth century and early twentieth century America as an advocate of the “New South” and sectional reconciliation, as a magazine editor, and as a Progressive reformer. It is to the credit of author John Milton Cooper, Jr., that this exquisitely written critical biography elucidates in rich detail Page’s earlier fascinating career without minimizing Page’s diplomatic service.
Walter Hines Page was born in 1855 in a village near Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended boarding school, received collegiate training at Trinity College and Randolph-Macon College, and pursued graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University. He dropped out of Johns Hopkins and drifted through a variety of journalistic positions, including stints as editor of or contributor to The Age (a weekly magazine), St. Joseph (Missouri) Gazette, New York World, Boston Post, and International Review. In 1883, he started his own weekly newspaper, the Raleigh State Chronicle.
Page moved to New York City in 1885, and after a brief stint on the staff of the New York Evening Post, joined the Forum as business manager (and later editor), where he instituted numerous journalistic innovations, particularly in investigative reporting. Cooper labels Page a...
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