William Bayard Hale

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William Bayard Hale (1869 – April 10, 1924) was an American journalist. He wrote the 1912 campaign biography of Woodrow Wilson.[1]

He is described in Barbara Tuchman's The Zimmerman Telegram as a German propaganda agent.[2]

According to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia (6th edition, 2012),

His report (1913) as confidential agent in Mexico implicated ambassador Henry Lane Wilson in the murder of Francisco Madero by Victoriano Huerta.[3] The report influenced the president to recall Wilson and initiate a campaign to drive Huerta from Mexico. In 1915, Hale turned propaganda adviser for Germany until the United States entered World War I. His book, "American Rights and British Pretensions on the Seas" (1915), stirred American resentment of the British blockade. Denounced and ostracized in the United States, he lived in Europe after World War I.

He died in Munich on April 10, 1924.[4]


  1. ^ William Bayard Hale — Infoplease.com at www.infoplease.com
  2. ^ Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (1985). "The Telegraph in Washington". The Zimmerman Telegraph. Ballantine Books. p. 167. ISBN 9780345324252. Retrieved March 12, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Strauss Neuman, Martha (1977). "La misión confidencial de John Lind en México" (PDF). Estudios de historia moderna y contemporánea de México (in Spanish). 6 (66). ISSN 2448-5004. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hale, Famous Writer, Dies in Bavaria". The Richmond Palladium. Munich. Associated Press. April 10, 1924. p. 1. Retrieved March 11, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.