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.
In 1919 President Wilson appointed Hapgood ambassador to Denmark, in which post he served for about six months.
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.
- Literary Statesmen, and Others (1897, reissued by Books for Libraries Press, 1972) ISBN 0-8369-2593-9
- Abraham Lincoln, the Man of the People (1899)
- Daniel Webster (1899)
- The Stage in America (1901)
- George Washington (1901)
- Industry and Progress (1911)
- The Jewish Commonwealth (1919)
- The Advancing Hour (1920)
- Up From the City Streets: A Biographical Study of Alfred E. Smith (1927) (with Henry Moskowitz)
- Why Janet Should Read Shakspere (sic) (1929)
- 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."
- "Hapgood Backs Nations League As Peace Prop," New York Call, vol. 12, no. 32 (Feb. 1, 1919), pg. 4.
- Schenectady Gazette, Obituary 2/17/1930
- The Political Graveyard: Norman Hapgood
- United States Department of State: Ambassadors to Denmark
- Norman Hapgood's grave in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
- Norman Hapgood and Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood Papers Repository: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Photogravure of Hapgood by Doris Ulmann
Peter Fenelon Collier
|Editor of Collier's Weekly
Robert J. Collier
Maurice Francis Egan
|U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
Joseph C. Grew