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Heywood Broun

AKA Heywood Campbell Broun

Born: 7-Dec-1888
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 18-Dec-1939
Location of death: Stamford, CT
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Muckraking reporter of the 1920s and '30s

Rabble-rousing reporter and columnist Heywood Broun covered World War I as a foreign correspondent in France, then became famous as a columnist for the New York World, writing frequently about the injustice of racism and censorship, and in support of Americans persecuted for their views from Margaret Sanger to John T. Scopes. He ran for Congress on the Socialist ticket in 1930, unsuccessfully, and was expelled from the party in 1933 for speaking at a Communist Party rally. He founded the Newspaper Guild and served as that press union's first president.

Broun was briefly engaged to ballerina Lydia Lopokova, who later married economist John Maynard Keynes. His wife, Ruth Hale, was America's first widely-read female movie critic, made headlines for her refusal to adopt her husband's last name, and served as first president of the feminist Lucy Stone League, of which Broun was also a member. They were divorced in 1933 but continued living together until her death. His second wife, Connie Madison, had previously been married to vaudeville and silent screen star Johnny Dooley. His son, Heywood Hale Broun, became a well-known sportscaster and actor.

Father: Heywood Cox Broun (printer, later stockbroker, b. circa 1850, d. 1930)
Mother: Henriette Brosé Broun
Girlfriend: Lydia Lopokova (Russian dancer, b. 1892, dated 1915-16, d. 1981)
Wife: Ruth Hale (feminist, b. 1887, m. 6-Jun-1917, div. 17-Nov-1933, d. 18-Sep-1934)
Son: Heywood Hale Broun (sportscaster, b. 10-Mar-1918, d. 5-Sep-2001)
Wife: Constantina Maria Incoronata Fruscella Dooley Broun ("Connie Madison", actress, m. 9-Jan-1935)
Daughter: Patricia Dooley Broun (stepdaughter)

    High School: Horace Mann School (1907)
    University: Harvard University (attended, 1907-10)

    The New Republic Columnist (1937-39)
    The Nation Columnist (1928-37)
    The New York World Columnist (1921-28)
    The New York Tribune Foreign Correspondent, Drama Critic (1912-21)
    The New York Morning Telegraph Reporter, Sportswriter (1908-12)
    American Civil Liberties Union
    Dutch Treat Club
    Newspaper Guild Founder and President (1933-39)
    Algonquin Round Table
    Converted to Catholicism 1939
    English Ancestry Paternal
    German Ancestry Maternal
    Scottish Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Obesity

Author of books:
Our Army at the Front (1918)
Seeing Things at Night (1921)
Pieces of Hate and Other Enthusiasms (1922)
The Boy Grew Older (1922, novel)
The Sun Field (1923, novel)
Gandle Follows His Nose (1926)
Anthony Comstock: Roundsman of the Lord (1927, with Margaret Leech)
Christians Only: A Study in Prejudice (1931)
It Seems to Me, 1925-1935 (1935, collected newspaper columns)

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