John Franklin Carter
|John Franklin Carter|
|Born||John Franklin Carter
April 27, 1897
Fall River, Massachusetts
|Died||November 28, 1967
|Other names||Jay Franklin
|Occupation||journalist, columnist, novelist, biographer, speech writer|
|Employer||London Daily Chronicle
New York Times
Harry S. Truman
|Known for||We The People (1936-1948)|
|Parent(s)||Rev. John Franklin Carter|
John Franklin Carter aka Jay Franklin aka Diplomat aka Unofficial Observer (1897–1967) was an American journalist, columnist, biographer and novelist. He notably wrote the syndicated column, "We the People", under his pen name Jay Franklin. He wrote over 30 books on a variety of subjects including his detective novels about the character Dennis Tyler. In his column, he was notably one of the few who predicted Truman's victory in the 1948 presidential election.
Carter was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on April 27, 1897 as one of seven children of Rev. John Franklin Carter. He attended Yale University, where he served as chairman of campus humor magazine The Yale Record
In 1928, Carter began working for the State Department as an economic specialist.
In 1948, Carter worked as a speech writer for Harry S. Truman.
Carter died in Washington, D.C., on November 28, 1967 at the age of 70. His books "The New Dealers" (1934) and "American Messiahs" (1935) remain valuable sources for historians of the New Deal era.
Detective novels written as "Diplomat"
- Murder in the Embassy (1930)
- Murder in the State Department (1930)
- Scandal in the Chancery (1931)
- The Corpse on the White House Lawn (1932)
- Death in the Senate (1933)
- Slow Death at Geneva (1934)
- The Brain Trust Murder (1935)
Partial list of other novels
- The Rat Race (1950)
- Champagne Charlie (1950)
Political Narrative written as "Unofficial Observer"
- "The New Dealers" (1934)
- "American Messiahs" (1935)
- Wilder, Thornton N., Stephen Vincent Benet, John Franklin Carter, Jr. et al., ed. (April, 1918) "Memorabilia Yalensia". The Yale Literary Magazine. New Haven: Yale Lit. p. 355.
- "John Franklin Carter, 70, Dies; Wrote Column as Jay Franklin; Friend of a President". The New York Times. 1967-11-29. p. 47. Retrieved 2008-04-30.(subscription required)
- "Milestones: Dec. 8, 1967". Time. 1967-12-08. Retrieved 2008-04-30.(subscription required)
- Ginny Kilander (March 2005). "University of Wyoming American Heritage Center Guide to Journalism Resources" (PDF). p. 15. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 362. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.
For more on Carter's role in war-time intelligence, see
- Mauch, Christof (2005). The Shadow War Against Hitler: The Covert Operations of America's Wartime Secret Intelligence Service. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 48–51.
- John Franklin Carter correspondence at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY and online via U.S. Archives