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Jonathan W. Daniels
American editor

Jonathan W. Daniels

Jonathan W. Daniels
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Intro American editor
Was Editor
From United States of America
Field Journalism
Gender male
Birth 26 April 1902, Raleigh
Death 6 November 1981, Hilton Head Island (aged 79 years)
Politics Democratic Party
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Jonathan Worth Daniels (April 26, 1902 – November 6, 1981) was an American author, editor, and White House Press Secretary. He was a founding member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors, serving from 1940 until 1950. For most of his life, he worked at The News & Observer, and later founded The Island Packet.


Jonathan Worth Daniels was the son of Josephus Daniels and Addie Worth Bagley Daniels. He attended Centennial School in Raleigh from 1908 to 1913. When his father became United States Secretary of the Navy in 1913, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he studied at the John Eaton School from 1913 to 1915, and St. Albans School from 1915 to 1918. Daniels attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated in 1921 with a B.A. He continued at UNC for graduate school, earning an M.A. in English in 1921. As a student in Chapel Hill, he edited The Daily Tar Heel and participated in the Carolina Playmakers. Daniels passed the North Carolina bar exam despite failing out of Columbia University Law School, but never practiced law.

White House Press Secretary

Daniels' term serving as White House Press Secretary was the shortest since the inception of the position in 1937. He held the position in 1945 under Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

Later life

In 1966, he revealed the affair between Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd in his book The Time Between the Wars. He died in 1981.


  • Clash of Angels
New York: Brewer and Warren (1930)
  • The Devil's Backbone: The Story of the Natchez Trace
New York: McGraw-Hill (1962) (Also published in later editions)
  • The End of Innocence
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1954) (Also published in later editions)
  • Frontier on the Potomac
New York: Macmillan (1946) (Also published in a later edition)
  • The Gentlemanly Serpent and Other Columns from a Newspaperman in Paradise: From the Pages of the Hilton Head Island Packet, 1970-73
Columbia: University of South Carolina Press (1974)
  • The Man of Independence
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1950) (Also published in a later editions)
  • Mosby: Gray Ghost of the Confederacy
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1959)
  • Ordeal of Ambition: Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr
Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday (1970)
  • Prince of Carpetbaggers
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1958)
  • The Randolphs of Virginia
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday (1972)
  • Robert E. Lee
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin (1960)
  • A Southerner Discovers New England
New York: Macmillan (1940)
  • A Southerner Discovers the South
New York: Macmillan, (1938) (Also published in a later edition)
  • Stonewall Jackson
New York: Random House (1959)
  • Tar Heels: A Portrait of North Carolina
New York: Dodd, Mead (1941) (Also published in a later edition)
  • They Will Be Heard: America's Crusading Newspaper Editors
New York: McGraw-Hill (1965)
  • The Times Between the Wars: Armistice to Pearl Harbor
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday (1966) (Also published in a later edition)
  • Washington Quadrille: The Dance beside the Documents
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday (1968)
  • White House Witness, 1942-1945
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday (1975)

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