|Mayor of Toledo, Ohio|
|Born||Joseph Brand Whitlock
March 4, 1869
|Died||May 24, 1934
|Spouse(s)||Susan Brainerd, Ella Brainerd|
|Profession||Attorney, journalist, politician|
Brand Whitlock (March 4, 1869 – May 24, 1934) was an American journalist, attorney and politician, four-time mayor of Toledo, Ohio elected on the Independent ticket; ambassador to Belgium, and author of numerous articles and books, both novels and non-fiction.
Born Joseph Brand Whitlock in Urbana, Ohio, son of the Rev. Elias and Mollie Lavinia (Brand) Whitlock, he was educated in the public schools and by private tutors. Rather than attend college, Whitlock began working as a reporter for several papers in Toledo, Ohio, including the The Toledo Blade.
In 1891, he moved to Chicago to work for The Chicago Herald. He covered baseball, including longtime Chicago captain-manager Cap Anson, whom he sometimes referred to in print as "Grampa." He also covered the 1892 Republican National Convention and the 1892 Illinois legislative session. Whitlock joined the Whitechapel Club.
His political writing attracted attention by Illinois politicians, and Whitlock was offered a job as Gov. John Peter Altgeld's personal secretary; instead he took a position with the Secretary of State. While in Springfield, he also studied the law under Senator J. M. Palmer; he was admitted to the bar in 1894, at the age of 25.
In 1893, Whitlock prepared the pardon documents for the Haymarket Affair's convicted men: Fielden, Neebe, and Schwab. After Gov. Altgeld signed the pardons, Whitlock commented, "The storm will break now," to which the governor replied, "It was merely doing right." 
Attorney and mayor of Toledo, Ohio
After the defeat of Gov. Altgeld in 1896, Whitlock returned to Toledo in 1897, where he established a successful legal practice. Whitlock provided legal services to the Mayor of Toledo, Samuel M. Jones, a.k.a. "Golden Rule" Jones. In one case, Whitlock successfully argued to overturn the Ohio state statutes that governed municipalities.
Whitlock entered politics more directly in Toledo, running on the Independent ticket for mayor; he was elected four times from 1906 to 1914. He was one of a number of Progressive politicians elected as mayors of major Midwestern cities in 1911. He declined a fifth nomination as mayor when recruited for a diplomatic post.
Ambassador to Belgium
After finishing his last term as mayor, in 1913 Whitlock was appointed minister to Belgium by President Wilson. When the First World War broke out, his responsibilities were increased as he was given representation for seven additional countries in wartime. His position was extremely sensitive after the German occupation of Belgium. His adroit performance of his duties in the office won him an international reputation for tact, zeal, and efficiency. Whitlock ensured food aid sent by the Committee for Relief in Belgium went to Belgian citizens rather than the German occupation forces.
With the United States' declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, Whitlock needed to leave Belgium. He insisted on ensuring he accompanied other Americans out of Belgium, and crossed into Switzerland, which was neutral. During the war, he visited King Albert of Belgium at the Allied battle front.
After the signing of the armistice in November 1918 and the restoration of the Belgian government, Whitlock returned to Brussels as minister. In 1919, he went to the United States for a visit. While he was at home, the United States' representation in Belgium was raised to rank of an embassy, and Whitlock became an ambassador.
Whitlock wrote numerous newspaper articles, short stories, novels, essays, biographies, non-fiction and memoirs. His novels dealt with political and social issues.
- (1908). Abraham Lincoln.
- (1910-1913). On the Enforcement of Law in Cities.
- (1914). Forty Years of It.
- (1919). Belgium: a Personal Record [2 vols.]
- (1920). Walt Whitman: How to Know Him.
- (1929). Lafayette.
- (1936). The Letters and Journal of Brand Whitlock.
- (1902). The Thirteenth District: The Story of a Candidate.
- (1904). The Happy Average.
- (1904). Her Infinite Variety.
- (1907). The Turn of the Balance.
- (1910). The Gold Brick.
- (1912). The Fall Guy.
- (1923). J. Hardin and Son.
- (1927). Transplanted.
- (1928). Big Matt.
- (1931). The Little Green Shutter.
- (1933). The Stranger on the Island.
Represented in popular culture
- John F. Kennedy wrote about Altgeld's pardons of men from the Haymarket Affair in his book, Profiles in Courage. In the 1965 television show based on the book, John Kerr played Brand Whitlock.
- The Reluctant Hero: Brand Whitlock was a WBGU-PBS documentary about him.
Legacy and honors
- Crunden, Robert M. (1969). A Hero in Spite of Himself - Brand Whitlock in Art, Politics, and War. New York: Alfred A. Knoff, Inc. p. 23.
- Crunden, Robert M. (1969). A Hero in Spite of Himself - Brand Whitlock in Art, Politics, and War. New York: Alfred A. Knoff, Inc. pp. 31 to 35.
- Crunden, Robert M. (1969). A Hero in Spite of Himself. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 42.
- Crunden, Robert M. (1969). A Hero in Spite of Himself. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 59.
- Tager, Jack (1968). The Intellectual as Urban Reformer - Brand Whitlock and the Progressive Movement. Cleveland: The Press of Case Western University. p. 36.
- Tager, Jack (1968). The Intellectual as Urban Reformer - Brand Whitlock and the Progressive Movement. Cleveland, Ohio: The Press of Case Western Reserve University. pp. 64 to 66.
- Tager, Jack (1969). The Intellectual as Urban Reformer - Brand Whitlock and the Progressive Movement. Cleveland Ohio: The Press of Case Western Reserve University. pp. 152 and 153.
- "Whitlock, Brand". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.
- Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Whitlock, Brand". Encyclopedia Americana.
- Crunden, Robert M. (1969). A Hero in Spite of Himself - Brand Whitlock in Art, Politics, and War. New York: Albert A. Knopf. p. 370.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Whitlock, Brand". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York.
- Anderson, David D. (1968). Brand Whitlock. New York: Twayne Publishers.
- Bremner, Robert H. (1950). "The Civic Revival in Ohio: Artist in Politics: Brand Whitlock," The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 239–254.
- Cayton, Andrew (2002). Ohio: The History of a People. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.
- Hofstadter, Richard (1960). The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R. New York, NY: Vintage Books.
- Hofstadter, Richard (1963). The Progressive Movement, 1900-1915. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- McGerr, Michael (2003). A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920. New York, NY: Free Press.
- Thorburn, Neil (1968). "Brand Whitlock (1869-1934)," American Literary Realism, 1870-1910, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 30–35.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brand Whitlock.|
- Works by Brand Whitlock, at Internet Archive
- Works by Brand Whitlock, at Hathi Trust
- Works by Brand Whitlock, at Unz.org
- The Reluctant Hero: Brand Whitlock, WBGU-PBS documentary.
- IMDB. "Profiles in Courage: John Peter Altgeld (1965)". Retrieved 2012-11-25.