Philip Dru: Administrator

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Philip Dru: Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935
Philip Dru title page.png
Title page, 1912
Author Edward Mandell House
Country United States
Language English
Genre Political novel
Publisher B. W. Huebsch
Publication date
Pages 312
OCLC 1533564

Philip Dru: Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 is a futuristic political novel published anonymously in 1912 by author Edward Mandell House, an American diplomat, politician, and presidential foreign policy advisor.


His book's hero leads the democratic western United States in a civil war against the plutocratic East, and becomes the acclaimed leader of the country until he steps down, having restored justice and democracy.

Historian Paul Johnson wrote: "Oddly enough, in 1911 he [House] had published a political novel, Philip Dru: Administrator, in which a benevolent dictator imposed a corporate income tax, abolished the protective tariff, and broke up the 'credit trust'—a remarkable adumbration of [Woodrow] Wilson and his first term."[1] House outlined many additional political beliefs such as: [2]

  • Federal Incorporation Act, with government and labor representation on the board of every corporation[2][3]
  • Public service corporations must share their net earnings with government[2][4]
  • Government ownership of all telegraphs[2][5]
  • Government ownership of all telephones[2][6]
  • Government representation in railroad management[2][7]
  • Single term presidency[2][8]
  • Old age pension law reform[2][9]
  • Workmen's insurance law[2][10]
  • Co-operative marketing and land banks[2][11]
  • Free employment bureaus[2][12]
  • 8 hour work day, six days a week[2][13]
  • Labor not to be a commodity[2][14]
  • Government arbitration of industrial disputes[2][15]
  • Government ownership of all healthcare[2][16]

Cast of Characters[edit]

The book has several characters: Philip Dru is the main protagonist of the story. Other characters include Gloria Strawn and her brother Jack Strawn. There is also a character named John Thor and a Senator Selwyn.


  1. ^ Johnson, Paul (1999). A History of the American People. New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 635–636. ISBN 0060930349. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o What Colonel House Thinks Book review by William Marion Reedy, Reedy's Mirror, April 6th, 1917
  3. ^ Chapter XXXII
  4. ^ Chapter XXXII
  5. ^ Chapter XXXIII
  6. ^ Chapter XXXIII
  7. ^ Chapter XXXIII
  8. ^ Chapter XLI
  9. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  10. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  11. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  12. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  13. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  14. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  15. ^ Chapter XXXIX
  16. ^ Chapter XXXIX

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