Norman Hapgood

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Norman Hapgood
Portrait of Norman Hapgood.jpg
Born (1868-03-28)28 March 1868
Chicago, Illinois
Died 29 April 1937(1937-04-29) (aged 69)
New York City, New York
Resting place Green-Wood Cemetery
Occupation Editor, writer, journalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Notable works The Inside Story of Henry Ford's Jew-Mania
Spouse Emilie Bigelow, Elizabeth K. Reynolds

Norman Hapgood (March 28, 1868 - April 29, 1937) was an American writer, journalist, editor, and critic, and an American ambassador to Denmark.[1]


Hapgood at Harvard (1895)

Norman Hapgood was born March 28, 1868 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University in 1890 and from the law school there in 1893, then chose to become a writer. Hapgood worked as the drama critic of the New York Commercial Advertiser and of the Bookman in 1897–1902. He was named the editor of Collier's Weekly in 1903 and remained at that post for about a decade, before leaving to become editor of Harper's Weekly in June, 1913. Hapgood's editorial style attracted much attention for its vigor and range.

During the latter part of World War I and into the early post-war period Hapgood served as president of the League of Free Nations Association, which advocated in favor of a League of Nations to adjudicate international disputes.[2] In this capacity Hapgood helped advance the agenda of President Woodrow Wilson, who sought the establishment of such a body at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

Norman Hapgood. Bain News Service (date unknown).

In 1919 President Wilson appointed Hapgood ambassador to Denmark, in which post he served for about six months.

Hapgood helped expose Henry Ford's antisemitism as in his article, “The Inside Story of Henry Ford's Jew-Mania,” Part 4, Hearst's International, September 1922.

Hapgood was married twice. His first wife, Emilie Bigelow, who he married in 1896, went on to become famous in her own right as a theatrical producer in New York. They were divorced in 1915. Two years later, he married his second wife, Elizabeth K. Reynolds.[3]

Hapgood died on April 29, 1937 following prostate surgery at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.[1] He was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.


  • (1897). Literary Statesmen and Others Essays on Men Seen from a Distance [reissued by Books for Libraries Press, 1972] ISBN 0-8369-2593-9
  • (1899). Abraham Lincoln: The Man of the People.
  • (1899). Daniel Webster.
  • (1901). George Washington.
  • (1901). The Stage in America, 1897-1900.
  • (1911). Industry and Progress.
  • (1919). The Jewish Commonwealth.
  • (1920). The Advancing Hour.
  • (1927). Professional Patriots (with Sidney Howard, and John Hearley).
  • (1927). Up From the City Streets: A Biographical Study of Alfred E. Smith (with Henry Moskowitz).
  • (1929). Why Janet Should Read Shakspere (sic).
  • (1930). The Changing Years.


  1. ^ a b Associated Press (April 30, 1937). "Norman Hapgood Dies". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2012-11-23. Norman Hapgood, 69 ... prominent author and editor and political associate of Alfred Smith in his terms as Governor of New York State, died today following an operation. 
  2. ^ "Hapgood Backs Nations League As Peace Prop," New York Call, vol. 12, no. 32 (Feb. 1, 1919), pg. 4.
  3. ^ Schenectady Gazette, Obituary 2/17/1930

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Media offices
Preceded by
Peter Fenelon Collier
Editor of Collier's Weekly
Succeeded by
Robert J. Collier
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Maurice Francis Egan
U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Grew