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Josephus Daniels

Born: 18-May-1862
Birthplace: Washington, NC
Died: 15-Jan-1948
Location of death: Raleigh, NC
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Publisher
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Secretary of the Navy, 1913-21

In 1898, as editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, Daniels used the paper to whip up support for a larger Democratic party effort to disenfranchise blacks and install white supremacists in state office. This campaign culminated in a race riot in Wilmington, NC, in which a white mob ousted the city council and set fire to the publisher of a black-owned newspaper.[1]


[1] Barbara Barrett, "1898 Riot Designed to Disfranchise Blacks", Raleigh News & Observer, 16 December 2005.

Father: (d. Civil War, friendly fire)
Mother: Mary Cleves
Brother: Charles C. Daniels (attorney)
Wife: Addie Worth Bagley (b. 1869, m. 2-May-1888, d. 1943, four sons)
Son: Josephus Daniels, Jr.
Son: Worth Bagley Daniels
Son: Jonathan Worth Daniels (physician)
Son: Frank A. Daniels III

    High School: Wilson Collegiate Institute
    Law School:
LLB, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Raleigh News and Observer Editor and Publisher (1941-48)
    US Ambassador to Mexico (1933-41)
    Raleigh News and Observer Editor and Publisher (1921-33)
    US Secretary of the Navy (1913-21)
    Raleigh News and Observer Editor and Publisher (1894-13)
    US Interior Department Chief Clerk (1893-95)
    North Carolina State Official State Printer (1887-93)
    The Raleigh State Chronicle Editor (1885-94)
    The Rocky Mount Reporter Editor (1884)
    The Kinston Free Press Editor (1884)
    The Wilson Advance (NC) Editor (1880)
    North Carolina State Bar 1885
    White Supremacists

Author of books:
The Navy and the Nation (1919, speeches)
Our Navy at War (1922)
The Life of Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924 (1924)
Editor in Politics (1941, autobiography)
The Wilson Era, 1910-1923 (1944)


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