University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Leroy Tudor Vernon Papers, 1884-1945

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vernon, Leroy Tudor
Title: Leroy Tudor Vernon papers
Dates: 1884-1945
Abstract: Leroy Vernon Tudor was a correspondent for the Chicago Daily News from 1902-1935. The bulk of the material is incoming manuscript and typescript letters and outgoing carbon copies of typescript letters between Vernon and various notable politicians, government and elected officials, journalists, newsmen, and business leaders.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01043
Extent: 3.42 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Leroy "Roy" Tudor Vernon was born in Wilmington, Ohio on February 11, 1878. He began his journalism career in 1898 working as the City Editor at the Everett Times in the state of Washington. He received an A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1900. In 1902 he started as the political and legislative correspondent at the Chicago Daily News. In 1903 he became their Washington Correspondent; a post he held until 1934, when he became Political Editor.

He was active with the Republican Party and served as the Publicity Director for the National Taft Bureau in 1912. In 1920 he was the Eastern Publicity Director for Frank O. Lowden's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

He married Georgia Mary Wheeler in 1904. Leroy Vernon Tudor died on January 3, 1938.

Biographical note prepared from information contained in the collection and from Marquis Who's Who on the Web.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the material is incoming manuscript and typescript letters and outgoing carbon copies of typescript letters between Vernon and various notable politicians, government and elected officials, journalists, newsmen, and business leaders. Much of the correspondence relates to Vernon's coverage of the day's crucial news events, including World War I, the Mexican Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, Prohibition, the Depression, New Deal policy, Presidential campaigns and national politics, the rise of Adolph Hitler, as well as other important contemporary events.

There is a significant amount of correspondence between Victor Freemont Lawson, publisher of the Chicago Daily News; Walter A. Strong, Lawson's successor; and Charles Henry Dennis, the longtime editor of the Chicago Daily News. Tudor also corresponded frequently with other journalists.

Also included is a substantial amount of personal correspondence between Vernon and his brother, Mercer; as well as correspondence with his wife, father, and mother.

Non-correspondence material includes five folio binders containing press releases and articles from Vernon's work with the presidential campaigns of William Howard Taft and Frank Orren Lowden. There is a small amount of writings, including edited drafts and published versions of news articles, as well as drafts of Vernon's unpublished fiction writing.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Dennis, Charles Henry, 1860-1943
Lawson, Victor Freemont, 1850-1925
Lowden, Frank O. (Frank Orren), 1861-1943
Strong, Walter A.
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Vernon, Leroy Tudor
Corporate Names
Chicago Daily News, Inc.
Reporters and reporting

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leroy Tudor Vernon Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)


Detailed Description of the Collection


4B415 [SRH1230026055] Collection Information
Correspondence & Memoranda
Rabourn, 1920-1933
Assorted Officials & Politicians, 1930-1934
Assorted, 1915-1930, 1942-1944
Claude O. Pike, 1923-1932
McClure Newspaper Syndicate, 1910
George C. Briggs, 1921-1925
Elliott S. Norton, 1906-1918
Alfred Gus Karger, 1935
Norway, 1927-1931
M.G. Thomle, 1918, 1945
G.R. Wales, 1918-1931
John T. Bass, 1915, 1920
E.L. Landram, 1921-1922
Assorted Correspondence: D, 1919-1931
Lewis Pilcher, 1933
Constantine Brown, 1924-1931
Oswald Garrison Villard, 1915-1920
John Symes, 1919
Carroll Binder & Newton Baker, 1916, 1927-1933
Assorted, 1919-1920, 1932-1935
Assorted Officials & Politicians, 1884, 1915-1919, 1931-1935
Assorted Correspondence: W, 1905-1927
Oberlin M. Carter, 1931-1934
G.V. Vernon Family, 1926-1930
Levine, 1920-1921
Paul Leach, 1925-1934
Dewey Hilles, 1920-1936
John Palmer Gavit, 1913-1920
Brooks Beitler, 1924-1931
Assorted Correspondence: M, 1915-1930
Robert L. O'Brien, 1910-1933
Paul Scott Mowrer, 1915-1934
Assorted Correspondence: H, 1924-1933
Hopewell L. Rogers, 1906-1927
Assorted Correspondence: B-C, 1907-1934
James Mercer Vernon (father), 1894-1900
James Mercer Vernon (father), 1891-1909
Helena Tudor Mercer (mother), 1893-1898
Assorted Family, 1897-1910
Subject Files
Chicago Daily News (Balance sheets & reprints), 1926-1929, 1936
Writings-Drafts & Notes
Lobbyists, circa 1930s
Vote Frauds, 1933
Printed Matter
LaFollette-Wheeler Campaign Text Book , circa 1924
4B416 [SRH1230026056] Correspondence & Memoranda
Anthony Czarnecki, 1916-1918
Charles H. Dennis
1904, 1909-1913
Frank Knox, 1931
Victor F. Lawson
1903-1904, 1912-1913, 1915-1917
Frank O. Lowden, 1922-1926
Hal O'Flaherty, 1925-1934
Harry J. Smith
1923-1929 (no 1925)
1933-1934, undated
Mercer Vernon, circa 1914-1921, undated
J.R. Wheeler, 1936
Assorted Correspondence, 1902-1934, undated
Deeds & Titles, 1917-1920, 1932
Ohio Investment Company (Correspondence & Financial)
A.J. Westland, 1926-1936
Clippings, 1904, 1907, 1914, 1928
4J439a [SRH1230031676] Correspondence
Frank O. Lowden, 1919-1921, 1927-1935
Louis L. Emmerson, 1919-1920, 1929-1931
Mary Vernon & daughter, 1912
Mercer Vernon
1912-1922, 1935, undated
Republican National Committee, 1936-1937
Charles D. Hilles, 1934-1937
James R. Mann, 1906
Otto H. Mohr, 1919
Victor F. Lawson, 1924
Alfred Gus Karger, 1911, 1924
Assorted Correspondence: S, 1906-1934
Junius B. Wood, 1915-1934
Walter A. Strong
Wendell P. Rice, 1910
Busbey, 1926
Chicago Daily News' War Book, 1918
The Evening Post , 1911, 1918-1920
Assorted Correspondence: N, 1910-1934
Emma Sarepta Yule, 1931
Michael S. Farbman [?], 1919
John F. Harris, 1934-1937
Taft-Karger Letters, 1930-1932
Charles M. Faye, 1904-1912
Assorted Correspondence: E, 1826, 1919-1933
Assorted Correspondence, 1908-1943
Assorted Politicians & Officials, 1913-1934
Assorted Correspondence & Documents, 1919-1943
William S. Fleming case, 1921-1924
William S. Fleming Petitions & Briefs, 1922
Fiction Writings, undated
National Taft Bureau Daily Bulletins Bound Notebooks
4M699k March 5-31, 1912
4M699l April 1-30, 1912
4M699m May 1-31, 1912
4M699n June 1-30, 1912
4M699o Frank O. Lowden Public Relations Bound Notebook, January – March, 1920
2.325/D36g [SRH1230000779] Oversized
Consolidated Press Association broadside, 1921
"Chicago Election Frauds" reprint of Vernon article, 1933