Author of Think and Grow Rich who also served as an adviser to U.S. presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was one of the earliest writers of "new thought" (self-help) literature.
He grew up in a one-room cabin in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. He began his career as a reporter for local newspapers in Wise County, Virginia when he was only thirteen years old.
He wrote one of the most popular self-help books of all time, Think and Grow Rich, which had sold more than 20 million copies by the time of his death.
His mother died when he was just nine years old. He had a son named Blair.
He was a personal adviser to Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States.