Jonathan W. Daniels

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.[1] For most of his life, he worked at The News & Observer, and later founded The Island Packet.

Jonathan Daniels
White House Press Secretary
In office
March 29, 1945 – May 15, 1945
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Preceded byStephen Early
Succeeded byCharlie Ross
Personal details
Jonathan Worth Daniels

April 26, 1902
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 1981 (aged 79)
Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bridgers
Lucy Billing Cathcart
Children4 daughters
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, MA)
Columbia University


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.[2] Daniels passed the North Carolina bar exam despite failing out of Columbia University Law School, but never practiced law.[3]

White House Press Secretary

After World War II began, Daniels went into government service, first as assistant director of the Office of Civilian Defense and later as one of six administrative assistants for President Franklin D. Roosevelt (who had worked under Josephus Daniels during World War I). In March 1945, less than one month before his death, Roosevelt named Daniels his press secretary, and he continued in the position temporarily under President Harry S. Truman. Daniels' term serving as White House Press Secretary was the shortest since the inception of the position in 1937.[2][4][5][3]

Later life

Daniels returned to The News & Observer in 1947 and became its editor in 1948, upon the death of his father.[2]

In 1966, he revealed the affair between Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd in his book The Time Between the Wars.[6] 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)


  1. ^ George Foster Peabody Awards Board Members
  2. ^ a b c "Inventory of the Jonathan Daniels Papers, 1865-1982". Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  3. ^ a b "Jonathan Worth Daniels". North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ "News Article". Lincoln (Neb.) State Journal. 30 March 1945. p. 9. Jonathan Daniels, who succeeded Stephen T. Early as the man who handles presidential press relations, took the oath of office Thursday.
  5. ^ Oral History Interview with Jonathan Daniels Truman Library. 1963. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ "New light on the revelations of Franklin Roosevelt's 30-year affection for Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd". Life. September 2, 1966. Archived from the original on May 7, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2013.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Early
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Charlie Ross
Addie Worth Bagley Daniels

Addie Worth Bagley Daniels (née Adelaide Worth Bagley; May 1, 1869 - December 19, 1943) was an American suffragist leader and writer. She attended the Eighth Conference of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in 1920 as the US delegate, the appointee of President Woodrow Wilson, upon the recommendation of Carrie Chapman Catt.

Charlie Ross (journalist)

Charles Griffith Ross (November 9, 1885 – December 5, 1950) was a White House Press Secretary between 1945 and 1950 for President Harry S. Truman.

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO.

Truman was elected to the United States Senate in 1934 and gained national prominence as chairman of the Truman Committee aimed at waste and inefficiency in wartime contracts. Soon after succeeding to the presidency he authorized the first and only use of nuclear weapons in war. Truman's administration engaged in an internationalist foreign policy and renounced isolationism. He rallied his New Deal coalition during the 1948 presidential election and won a surprise victory that secured his own presidential term.

Truman oversaw the Berlin Airlift of 1948. When Communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, he gained United Nations approval for the very large policy action known as the Korean War. It saved South Korea but the Chinese intervened, driving back the UN/US forces and preventing a rollback of Communism in North Korea. On domestic issues, bills endorsed by Truman faced opposition from a conservative Congress, but his administration successfully guided the U.S. economy through the post-war economic challenges. In 1948 he submitted the first comprehensive civil rights legislation and issued Executive Orders to start racial integration in the military and federal agencies.

Allegations of corruption in the Truman administration became a central campaign issue in the 1952 presidential election and accounted for Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower's electoral victory against Democrat Adlai Stevenson II. Truman's financially difficult retirement was marked by the founding of his presidential library and the publication of his memoirs. When he left office, Truman's presidency was criticized, but scholars rehabilitated his image in the 1960s and he is ranked as one of the best presidents.

Jonathan Daniels (disambiguation)

Jonathan Daniels may refer to:

Jon Daniels, general manager of the American baseball club the Texas Rangers

Jonathan Daniels (1939–1965), Episcopal seminarian, killed for his work in the American civil rights movement

Jonathan W. Daniels (1902–1981), shortest-serving White House Press Secretary

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Lucy Inman

Lucy Noble Inman is a judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and formerly served as a special North Carolina Superior Court judge. Inman won election to the appellate court in a statewide race on November 4, 2014.Inman is the daughter of author Lucy Daniels, the granddaughter of former White House Press Secretary Jonathan W. Daniels and the great-granddaughter of Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels. Inman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana while her father was working at the Indianapolis Star. The family returned to Raleigh while she was an infant. Inman earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 1984 and worked as a newspaper reporter before attending law school at the University of North Carolina School of Law. After earning her law degree in 1990 she clerked for Chief Justice James G. Exum at the North Carolina Supreme Court. Inman was in private practice from 1992 to 2010, when she was appointed to the superior court as a special judge by Governor Bev Perdue.

She won election to the Court of Appeals in 2014, defeating District Court Judge Bill Southern in a race to replace retiring Judge Robert C. Hunter.

Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd

Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd (April 26, 1891 – July 31, 1948) was an American woman best known for her affair with future US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Lucy Mercer was born to wealthy parents who lost most of their fortune and separated in the years following her birth. Mercer then worked briefly in a dress store before taking a position as the social secretary of Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin's wife, in 1914. Mercer and Franklin are believed to have begun an affair in mid-1916, when she was 25 and he was 34, and prior to his paralytic illness. The relationship was discovered by Eleanor in September 1918, when she found a packet of their letters when unpacking his luggage upon his return from an inspection trip to the war zone in Europe while Assistant Secretary of the Navy near the end of the First World War in September 1918. Though Eleanor offered Franklin a divorce and Franklin considered accepting, political, financial, and familial pressures caused him to remain in the marriage. Franklin terminated the affair and promised not to see Mercer again.

Mercer soon married wealthy socialite Winthrop Rutherfurd (1862–1944), a widower then in his fifties, but despite her marriage and Franklin's promise, the two remained in surreptitious, albeit infrequent contact in the three decades that followed. Especially during the war years, Franklin's daughter Anna Roosevelt Halsted arranged for her father to meet with his former mistress, more frequently after Rutherfurd's death in 1944. Mercer was in Warm Springs, Georgia, at the "Little White House" the President's long-time cottage and retreat, at the time of Roosevelt's death in April 1945. He was having his portrait painted, at Mercer's request, by the artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff in the living room – with Mercer and two female cousins attending. While sitting at a card table by the fireplace, reading an upcoming speech, Roosevelt said, "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head." He then slumped forward in his chair, unconscious. Madame Shoumatoff, who maintained close friendships with both Roosevelt and Mercer, rushed Mercer away to avoid negative publicity and implications of infidelity. Mercer's presence in the house was not mentioned in the immediate press reports nor in any of the early published biographies.

Lucy died of leukemia on July 31, 1948. Despite rumors, her affair with Roosevelt did not become widespread public knowledge until the publication of Jonathan W. Daniels' 1966 memoir The Time Between the Wars.

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Everything is on the table in the Nu Wray Hotel at Burnsville. Nobody waits to give an order. They bring it in, three or four kinds of meat, all the vegetables of the whole mountain countryside. There are dishes of homemade jellies and preserves. The country ham is excellent. The stout tables do not groan but the stuffed guest rising sometimes does. It is country plenty, country cooked and country served, but in proof that the persisting homesickness for country eating is not entirely based on legend.

PlayMakers Repertory Company

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The school mascot is the bulldog, a symbol adopted under the school’s fourth headmaster, Canon Charles S. Martin, because of Martin’s fondness for his pet bulldogs. The St. Albans motto, "Pro Ecclesia et Pro Patria," translates to "For Church and Country." St. Albans requires all students to attend Chapel twice a week in The Little Sanctuary. The school seeks to develop in its students a sense of moral responsibility through Chapel, its Honor Code, and a co-curricular social service program.

A 2004 article in the Wall Street Journal found that among U.S. schools, St. Albans had the 11th-highest success rate in placing graduates at 10 selective universities.Almost 75% of the faculty at the school have advanced degrees. The school also maintains one writer-in-residence, who teaches English classes while developing his or her work. (A past writer-in-residence is Curtis Sittenfeld, who worked on her best-selling novel Prep while at St. Albans.)

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UNC's faculty and alumni include 9 Nobel Prize laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 49 Rhodes Scholars. Additional notable alumni include a U.S. President, a U.S. Vice President, 38 Governors of U.S. States, 98 members of the United States Congress, 9 Cabinet members, 39 Henry Luce Scholars, 9 World Cup winners and 3 astronauts as well as founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

The campus covers 729 acres (3 km2) of Chapel Hill's downtown area, encompassing the Morehead Planetarium and the many stores and shops located on Franklin Street. Students can participate in over 550 officially recognized student organizations. The student-run newspaper The Daily Tar Heel has won national awards for collegiate media, while the student radio station WXYC provided the world's first internet radio broadcast. In 2018, UNC was ranked amongst the top 30 universities in the United States according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Washington Monthly, and U.S. News & World Report. Internationally, UNC is ranked 33rd and 34th in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities and U.S. News and World Report, respectively. UNC is regarded as a Public Ivy, an institution which provides an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price. North Carolina is one of the charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was founded on June 14, 1953. Competing athletically as the Tar Heels, North Carolina has achieved great success in sports, most notably in men's basketball, women's soccer, and women's field hockey.

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The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the executive branch of the United States government administration, especially with regard to the President, senior executives, and policies.

The press secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and issues the administration's reactions to developments around the world. The press secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing.

The press secretary serves by the appointment and at the pleasure of the president; the office does not require the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, though because of the frequent briefings given to the media, who in turn inform the public, the position is still a very prominent non-Cabinet post.

The current Press Secretary is Sarah Sanders.

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