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WILLIAMS, DANIEL MORTIMER

WILLIAMS, DANIEL MORTIMER (1890–1969). Daniel Mortimer Williams, lawyer, writer, and editor, was born on October 17, 1890, in Childress, Childress County, the son of Thomas Arnold Barlow and Rebecca (Raworth) Williams; he was the twin brother of David Reichard Williams. Dan Williams received a B.A. and a law degree (1917) from the University of Texas. As editor of the Daily Texan he allowed women to work on the Texan staff for the first time, praised the university for allowing women to participate in drama for the first time, and lashed out at high prices that students were having to pay as consumers. He served in the United States Army from 1917 to 1919 and during the latter year attended the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Returning to Texas, he was county attorney of Childress County for a year and then became an English instructor at the University of Texas. In 1920 and 1921 he was editor of the Tampico Tribune in Tampico, Mexico; he then went to New York City and was a writer and editor on the New York World and the New York Telegram; he was appointed chief editorial writer on the New York World Telegram. During the years from 1922 to 1937 he crusaded for civil liberties, for laws to promote safety at sea, for safe food and milk regulations in New York City, and for numerous programs such as bank investment and deposit protection, health and welfare reforms, and work programs for the unemployed. In the early 1940s, during World War II, he went to Washington, D.C., and as a correspondent for the Trans-Radio Press he covered the White House and the State Department. From 1946 to 1948 he wrote columns for the Washington Post, and he contributed to the New Republic, the New Yorker, and many other magazines. He was active in founding the American Newspaper Guild and was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was married to Jean Lockwood in June 1921; the couple had two children. Williams died on November 1, 1969, and was buried in Rockdale, Texas.

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Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Jean Dugger

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Jean Dugger, "WILLIAMS, DANIEL MORTIMER," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwi18), accessed April 24, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.