Thursday, November 16, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 16, 1886 - Arthur Krock

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Arthur Krock, journalist, was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, on November 16, 1886, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Morris) Krock. Winner of four Pulitzer prizes, he was considered the outstanding conservative political commentator of his era for his column " In the Nation," which ran in the New York Times for thirty-three years. Krock attended Lewis Institute in Chicago and Princeton University. He received honorary degrees from the University of Louisville in 1939, Centre College in 1940, and the University of Kentucky in 1956.

Krock began his journalistic career in 1906 on the Louisville Herald, was editor in chief of the Louisville Times during 1919-23, and left Louisville in 1923 to become Washington correspondent of the Courier-journal and the Louisville Times. He acted as intermediary in the purchase of the Courier- Journal and the Louisville Times by Robert W. Bingham in 1918, but left the Louisville newspapers because of a policy disagreement. He left journalism to be assistant to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 1920 presidential campaign and also worked for Will Hays, who headed the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. As a reporter at the Versailles Peace Conference, he was one of three American members of a press committee that urged open sessions for the World War I settlement talks. France honored him with the Legion d'Honneur and Norway with the Order Of St. Olaf. Krock joined the New York Times on May 1, 1927, and became its Washington, D.C., bureau chief in 1932. His coverage of the New Deal won a Pulitzer prize in 1935. Three years later he received a second Pulitzer for an interview with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. An interview with President Harry Truman produced a third Pulitzer in 1950, and he was honored again in 1955 for distinguished Washington coverage. Krock wrote two autobiographical works, Memoirs: 60 Years on the Firing Line (1968), and Myself When Young: Growing Up in the 1890s (1973). He compiled The Editorials of Henry Watterson (1923).

Krock married Marguerite Pelleys on April 22, 1911, and they had a son, Thomas Pelleys. She died in 1938 and the following year Krock married Martha Granger Blair, bringing into the family two stepsons, William Granger and Robert H. Blair. He died in Washington on April 12, 1974.


Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Krock, Arthur. In the Nation: 1932-1966. 1st Ed.]. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. Print.
973.9 K912, Special Collections Research Center

Krock, Arthur. Memoirs; Sixty Years on the Firing Line. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968. Print.
E743 .K7, Young Library - 4th Floor

Krock, Arthur. The Consent of the Governed, and Other Deceits. 1st Ed.]. ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971. Print.
JK261 .K75 1971, Young Library - 4th Floor

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