A Few More Writings By and About JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Cassie O’Conner:

1. An angry reader responds to JW’s critiques of the Taft administration: Citation: “Hot Shot Fired at Roosevelt Camp.” Letter to the Editor. Morning Oregonian [Portland, OR] 17 Apr 1912: 12.

 2. Critique of a 1922 JW article about Prohibition: Citation: “What the Police Records Show.” The Philadelphia Inquirer 17 Jun 1922: 10. 

3. Interesting article which suggests JW was considered for a political appointment during the Harding administration. Citation: “Forbes Switched, Rumor. Spokane Man Mentioned for Shipping Board.” Morning Oregonian [Portland, OR] 12 Mar 1921: 2.


Scholarly Articles Discussing JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 655 student Sean Luechtefeld:

An article from Communication Quarterly by William Norwood Brigance (left) that traces the development of ghostwriting and includes some mention of JW. Another article from Today’s Speech (the journal title that became Communication Quarterly) that talks about H.L. Mencken and his criticism of presidential speeches. A Quarterly Journal of Speech article that mentions JW’s role in the 1920 campaign. Finally, an essay from the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography about JW and a anthracite strike in the 1920s.

More TIME Articles Mentioning JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Tynia Lewis:

TIME article (the Milestones feature) the announces JW’s death in 1943.

TIME article from 1929 discussing the evolution and growth of presidential speechwriting to that time.

Speech by JW on Railroads Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Caroline Birnbaum:

An article from the Camden Courier Post entitled “Railroads Cited As Losing Business: Cannot Compete With Modern Bus Transportation, Rotarians Told” from June 21, 1933 where Judson Welliver spoke at the  Camden Rotary Club meeting against railroads. The article is listed in the middle of the Web site.

More on JW Biographical Information Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Jared Owens:

An article about Harding’s papers: After Harding’s death, Allied Donithen, a close friend of Harding, chose Judson Welliver to write his official biography. Although much of Harding’s papers were burned, those that survived were collected and used by Welliver.

In an article from Munsey’s, JW explains his reasoning for the US adopting the metric system and integrating the system into our lives.

From a review of Schlesinger: “U.S. News and World Report journalist and blogger Robert Schlesinger does a wonderful job of telling the stories of U.S. presidents and their pens, from “literary clerk” Judson Welliver, who helped President Warren Harding (after Harding’s inaugural was lambasted in the press as reminiscent “of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights”) to the team – including many of us at West Wing Writers – who served as President Bill Clinton’s scribes. Great insight into the way the presidential speechwriter’s role has evolved along with successive administrations.”

More on JW and Henry Ford: In interviews with Ford, JW gathers information that uncovers Henry Ford’s anti-semitic views. From a paper by Jonathan Logsdon.

JW and “Founding Fathers” Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Jared Owens:

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 is a comprehensive encyclopedia of America’s founding. The book mentions that Judson Welliver coined the term “Founding Fathers,” and he was also the first professional presidential speechwriter hired by Harding. See: http://bit.ly/bVhdNf

Letter from JW Seeking a Job Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Malcolm Holmes:

A fascinating letter from JW dated December 10, 1920, to Senator George Sutherland (left) seeking appointment to the Federal Trade Commission. What makes this letter fascinating is that it was written just a few weeks after the 1920 election when JW’s candidate, Warren Harding, was chosen POTUS. There must have been some uncertainty as to JW’s role in the new administration for him to be seeking an appointment to the FTC. However, from the letter’s content, it was clear that Sutherland would be appointed to the Supreme Court. Interestingly, that appointment didn’t happen until 1922.

Various Writing By and About JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Tynia Lewis:

More on JW, including an additional discussion of his interest and writings about Henry Ford (http://bit.ly/bISBod) and his name as it appears in one of the more scandalous works about Harding–the (in)famous book by William Estabrook Chancellor that, among many other things, asserted Harding’s African-American heritage. Another book (http://bit.ly/9VEU5q) mentions JW’s 1908 article in Munsey’s about the “seamy” side of Washington, DC. And a final JW article (http://bit.ly/at32nD) about energy and power published in The American Review of Reviews.

JW on Tariffs Monday, Oct 18 2010 

From COMM 455 student Chris Lopez:

In a Hampton’s Magazine article, Judson Welliver writes about Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich and discusses the power that he has over things like tariff making and financial legislation.


The Life & Times of JW Monday, Oct 18 2010 

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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