Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bowers mss., 1911-1949, are letters from Claude Gernade Bowers, 1878-1958, newspaperman and diplomat, to Frank Brubeck, 1867/8-1964, Terre Haute, Indiana, friend, who in 1934 was Internal revenue agent in Indianapolis. Also included is a carbon of a letter from Brubeck to Bowers, September 14, 1933.

Career: born, Hamilton county, Ind., November 20, 1878; editorial writer, Indianapolis Sentinel, 1901-1902, Terre Haute Star, 1903-1906; candidate for Congress, Terre Haute district, 1904-1906; member, Terre Haute Board of public works, 1906-1911; secretary to John Worth Kern, U.S. senator from Indiana, 1911- 1917; while in Washington, D.C., through this period wrote political articles for a number of Indiana newspapers; editor, Fort Wayne, [Indiana], Journal Gazette, 1917-1923; editorial writer, New York World, 1923-1931; political columnist, New York Journal, 1931-1933; ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Spain, 1933-1939; ambassador to Chile, 1939-1953; author of a number of historical and biographical works; died, January 21, 1958.

The letters in the collection relate to national, Indiana, and Terre Haute politics, and to life in Washington, D.C., Madrid and Chile, and contain comments on prominent persons, including William Jennings Bryan, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Riley Marshall, Meredith Nicholson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson.

Collection size: 98 items

Related manuscripts: Bowers mss. II, Bowers mss. III

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