James Russell Wiggins

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Birthday
4, 1903
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Nov 19, 2000 (96)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
4, 1903
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Nov 19, 2000 (96)

About

Longtime Washington Post editor who took the paper from relative obscurity to national prominence.

Before Fame

Joining the Post as a managing editor in 1947, he became executive editor in 1955 and from 1960 to 1968 he led both its news and editorial sides.

Trivia

At the start of the Vietnam War he used the Post's editorial pages to proclaim support for American operations in the region, saying it was necessary to oppose Communism.

Family Life

He had one daughter with his wife, Mabel.

Associated With

A strong supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam policy, he was rewarded with an ambassadorial post to the United Nations just before his planned retirement from the post.

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