Josephus Daniels

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Josephus Daniels

Josephus Daniels (born May 18, 1862 in Washington , North Carolina , † January 15, 1948 in Raleigh , North Carolina) was an American publisher and politician .


After his father's death in the Civil War , the family moved to Wilson , North Carolina, where Daniels was educated at the Wilson Collegiate Institute . Thereupon he first became editor of the newspaper Wilson Advance , later he bought it. In the years that followed, he also became a partner in the Kinston Free Press and Rocky Mount Reporter . Daniels studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was admitted to the bar in 1885, but never practiced the profession.

Over the next few years he joined the Democratic Party and in 1893 became office manager in the Ministry of the Interior . He also remained a publisher, he took over The News & Observer in 1894 , which was clearly on the side of the Democrats. With this he also propagated the superiority of the white race. Among other things, Daniels' influence is said to have been a reason for the race riots in Wilmington , North Carolina, of 1898.

Daniels Woodrow later supported Wilson's presidential candidacy and became United States Secretary of the Navy after his victory . He held this post from 1913 to 1921, i.e. during the First World War . Franklin D. Roosevelt also worked in the Ministry under Daniels . During Daniels' time, among other things, alcohol was banned from all ships of the US Navy . He was also a member of the Committee on Public Information .

In 1932 Daniels supported Roosevelt's election campaign, which he used as ambassador to Mexico until 1941 after his victory. He then wrote a five-volume autobiography in which he regretted the violent outbursts of his campaign in the News and Observer . In 1948 Daniels finally died in Raleigh.

The US Navy named the USS Josephus Daniels, a ship after its former minister, and there is also the Josephus Daniels Middle School in Raleigh .

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  1. 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Report ( Memento of the original from February 19, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English; PDF; 3.0 MB) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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