February 2019


The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.

Deadline is February 20.




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Our November-December History Mystery subject was Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953). Born in Lynchburg, this American historian, author, educator and newspaper editor is best known for his multi-volume biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington, for which he was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes. His father served four years under General Lee, and as a child he lived near the home of General Jubal Early. His family moved to Richmond in the 1890s and he joined the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1909. In 1915, he became editor of The Richmond News Leader, a position he held for 34 years. While Freeman’s books overshadowed his career as an editor, he wrote an estimated 600,000 words of editorial copy every year between 1915 and 1949. Putting brevity just behind accuracy in his list of virtues, during this time he wrote in support of the Federal Reserve Act, abolition of the old City Administration Board to be replaced with a new City Charter and for establishment of the Richmond-area’s battlefield parks. In addition to his 40-year career in journalism, Freeman became one of the first radio analysts in 1925. His twice-daily radio broadcasts helped make him one of the most influential men in Virginia. From 1934 to 1941, he commuted weekly by air to New York City to teach journalism at Columbia University. He also lectured for seven years at the United States Army War College and served as Rector of the University of Richmond.

Congratulations reader Marian Elam of Manakin Sabot, our $25 winner!

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