From COMM 455 student Catherine O’Connor:

A bit of local color: In December 1921, Van Lear Black (publisher of the Baltimore Sun) held a party for journalists who were covering the nearby Washington Arms Conference. Attendees included H.G. Wells, H.L. Mencken (left), and “chief White House clerk” Judson Welliver, an “erstwhile vehement journalistic advocate of the Progressive cause.”(See Michael Lotman’s 9/18 post for more about Mencken and Welliver). 

Citation: “A Barbecue for Journalists. Baltimore Publisher Put on a ‘Feed’ for Conference Correspondents.” Kansas City Star [Kansas City, MO] 8 Dec 1921: 26.

In 1921, Alaskan politician James Wickersham (right) was lobbying to be appointed governor of Alaska. He was advised to enlist the help of his “old friend” Judson C. Welliver, who was reputed to have “a strong stand in with Harding” (7/7/21) and Wickersham’s diary of their exchanges paint an interesting picture of Welliver’s position in the Harding White House. Welliver is mentioned on pp. 19, 82, 87-88, 90- 91, 99, 125 on these dates Feb. 1st, Mar. 7th, Mar. 21st-22nd, Mar. 30th-31st; May 6th and July 7th, 1921 in the PDF.

Citation: Wickersham, James. “Personal Diary of James Wickersham, Dec. 2, 1920 to Jany 1st 1922: Contains Record Contest in Congress Feb. 28 & March 1, 1921.” Transcript of MS #107, Box 5, Wickersham State Historic Site Collection (ASL- PCA-277). Alaska State Library Historical Collections, Juneau, AK. Alaska’s Digital Archives. Alaska State Library and University of Alaska Libraries. Web. October 1, 2010. < http://vilda.alaska.edu/u?/cdmg21,8297 >

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