More JW Writings Wednesday, Sep 22 2010 

From COMM 455 student Jon Rittenberg:

More writings from JW on a real range of topics. One article, on the direct primary system, is a fascinating discussion of a shift underway in American politics in the early 20th century. Another article discusses the development and change in city government across the United States. One article is a rather lengthy discussion in Technical World Magazine about a Water Power Trust. And a final article discusses women in the military.


Discussion of JW in Hoover Memoir Wednesday, Sep 22 2010 

From COMM 455 student Jon Rittenberg:

Former chief usher at the White House Ike Hoover (left) wrote one of the earliest memoirs of life in the White House, and he mentions JW with some detail: “Until the time of Harding, all the presidents, so far as I know, wrote their own speeches. With his coming a man was appointed to prepare whatever set and formal speeches he was called upon to make. The first man to hold this office was Judson Welliver, a widely known newspaper man. He had been with the president through the campaign, being close to the throne, so to speak, an naturally came along to the White House. No doubt he had made himself useful along this very line during the campaign and it was most natural that he should kept on. When Coolidge came, he found Welliver on the job and continued to employ him., no doubt finding him a very handy man…As the whole scheme was a new one, there were many embarrassments for the individual holding down this job. For example, there was no legal appropriation for his salary. It was skimmed from here, there, and everywhere. At one time it was taken from the fund for the payment of the chauffeurs and the upkeep of the garage. Much jealousy was also aroused by this office. The regular secretaries seemed to resent the fact that, owing to the confidential nature of the work, the man holding this job had an entrée to the president which they themselves did not enjoy. He seemed always to be a separate part of the Executive Offices, under orders of no one but the president.”

Citation: Irwin Hood (Ike) Hoover, Forty-Two Years in the White House (Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1934), pp. 252-253.

Report of JW Accident; Lack of Memoirs Wednesday, Sep 22 2010 

From COMM 455 student Malcolm Holmes:

A brief item from the Washington Post on an accident suffered by JW and his driver in Rockville when confronted by a runaway horse. And a column in the New York Times by William Safire (right) again, this time commenting on the fact that JW never wrote any memoirs.

More Writings About, By JW Wednesday, Sep 22 2010 

From COMM 455 student Brian Farrell:

David Cook’s profile of Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson (left) in the Christian Science Monitor mentions Harding’s hiring of JW in 1921. Note how Cook characterizes this decision: “The White House has had a resident speechwriter since Judson Welliver was hired as ‘literary clerk’ to assist the scandal-besieged Warren Harding in 1921.” What’s wrong with Cook’s telling of the story? 

Also, William Safire identifies Welliver in his discussion of the use of alliteration (including the phrase “founding fathers”) by Harding and JW wrote an article in the Baltimore Sun.

JW Genealogy Tuesday, Sep 21 2010 

From COMM 455 students Tynia Lewis and Caroline Birnbaum:

An online report of genealogical and family information about JW. Fascinating information about JW’s parents and children. This would seem to be the source URL:

JW Letters to NYT Tuesday, Sep 21 2010 

From COMM 455 student Sarah Artin:

From the mid-1920s until the early 1940s, JW wrote several letters to the editor of the New York Times. Some are longer than others, but they cover a remarkably wide range of topics. Some are about agriculture and another asks for consideration of a six-year term for the U.S. president.

Various Mentions of JW Tuesday, Sep 21 2010 

From COMM 455 student Malka Goldberg:

Even though postings about the JW Society aren’t generally of interest to the JW Project, two articles from a feature of the Washington Post in the 1980s are interesting. Similar to the contemporary “Reliable Sources” column in the Style section, these articles comment on happenings and gossip around Washington. The first article discusses an early meeting of the JW Society and mentions the attendance of JW’s daughter. The second article is interesting in that the same author identifies Coolidge as the president who first appointed JW even as Harding gets the credit in the other report.

Another Post article discusses the naming of JW’s successor in the Coolidge White House–F. Stuart Crawford.

JW on Mormons & Sugar Tuesday, Sep 21 2010 

From COMM 455 student Cassie O’Connor:

This article is a synopsis of JW’s writing in Hampton’s about the relationship between the Mormon Church and the Sugar Trust. From the article: The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and the Amalgamated Sugar Company were “Mormon beet concerns.” In fact, Welliver wrote, “Joseph F. Smith [was] the president of the Utah-Idaho company…Prophet, seer, revelator, he is trustee-in- chief of temporal and spiritual affairs alike of the Church of JC of the LDS.” 

Citation: “New Sugar Sensation.” The Idaho Daily Statesman [Boise, ID] 21 Dec 1909: 4.

More Articles/Blogs Featuring JW Monday, Sep 20 2010 

From COMM 455 student Tynia Lewis:

Another book review of Robert Schlesinger’s book that mentions JW in the context of Harding’s employment of him as a “literary clerk.” A blog posting from “Language Log” discusses JW in the context of Harding’s unusual langauge use, particularly as concerns the term “normalcy” that came to define Harding’s 1920 campaign. Finally, a posting from the White House Historical Association mentions JW in its discussion of the history of the White House pressroom. Note that their dates are a bit off–Harding hired JW in 1921 to work in the White House, not 1923.

Articles Mentioning JW Monday, Sep 20 2010 

From COMM 455 student Natalia Cifuentes:

Several articles mention or feature JW. One briefly mentions JW as a source for information about donations to the campaign for President William Howard Taft’s (right) renomination. PDF of article.

Another article is a digest of recently published articles from the time period. One of JW’s articles is mentioned. The New York Times liberally quotes from a Hampton’s Magazine article in which JW writes about the tensions between President Taft and Speaker of the House Joseph Cannon. Another digest features JW’s Hampton’s Magazine article about the collapse of the Taft administration. And a final story is by JW and discusses the role of women in wartime.

Note: Many of the sources of these articles are unclear. Check back for updated source information.

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