Holland McCombs

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James Holland McCombs (August 5, 1901-June 29, 1991) was an American journalist.

Born in Martin, Tennessee, Holland McCombs became a correspondent for TIME magazine in 1935, and later bureau chief for TIME and LIFE magazine in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Dallas.

In 1957, he collaborated on the book King Ranch with Tom Lea III.

He became acquainted with Clay Shaw of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans and befriended Shaw and became his business partner. After John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Gerald Ford began the Warren Commission into the Kennedy assassination. Will Lang Jr., Bureau Head of LIFE's Washington D.C. branch told McCombs to send him all information regarding the Commission's findings and to purchase the Zapruder film for analysis. A month or so after the investigation started, McCombs informed Will Lang Jr. that he had to stop the investigation because his close friend and business partner Clay Shaw was suspected of being a conspirator in the Kennedy assassination.

He died at age 89 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. The Holland McCombs Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin is named for him.

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