Page, Walter Hines

Page, Walter Hines, 1855–1918, American journalist and diplomat, b. Cary, N.C. He became (1880) a reporter for the St. Joseph (Mo.) Gazette and wrote a series of articles on the problems of the South. In 1883 he secured control of the Raleigh (N.C.) State Chronicle and crusaded for reforms in Southern agriculture, education, and industry. He was editor of the Forum (1890–95) and then of the Atlantic Monthly (1896–99). After he became (1899) a partner in the publishing firm of Doubleday, Page and Company, he founded (1900) the magazineWorld's Work, which he edited until he was appointed (1913) U.S. ambassador to Great Britain by President Woodrow Wilson. He did much to improve Anglo-American relations, but his outspoken sympathetic attitude toward the Allied cause in World War I brought a rift between him and Wilson, who was striving to maintain strict American neutrality.

See study by Ross Gregory (1970).

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