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Name:  Henry Justin Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1875 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Henry Smith was a life long resident of Illinois. He attended the Morgan Park Military Academy and the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Henry Smith became a reporter for the Chicago Daily News in 1899. He advanced as the city editor from 1901-1906, the assistant managing editor from 1906-1913, and the news editor from 1913-1924. He left the Chicago Daily News from 1924-1926, serving as assistant to the president of the University of Chicago. In 1926 he returned as managing editor. He kept this post until his death from pneumonia on February 9, 1936. "In addition to his career as a newspaper man, Smith was also a historian and an author of fiction.

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