Fun Facts Friday: Richard Harding Davis
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 19, 2013

Richard Harding Davis (18 April, 1864 – 11 April, 1916) wrote fiction as well as being a noted journalist and war correspondent. During his lifetime Mr. Davis was one of the most active and influential journalists in the country. Davis’ mother, Rebecca Harding Davis, was a prominent writer. During the 1890s Davis was already a well known writer, a reporter for The Sun and managing editor for Harper’s Weekly. Davis was the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. Newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst commissioned Davis to cover the Cuban rebellion against Spain with illustrator Frederick Remington. Davis wrote to major stories that contributed greatly to the interest in the struggle of the Cubans. One was “The Death of Rodriguez” which described the execution of a young prisoner, the second about a strip search of a young woman. Hearst changed the second story, saying that the search has been done by male guard, as a result Davis resigned and never worked for Hearst again. During the Spanish-American War (1898) Davis was reporting from the U.S. Navy flagship New York. Reporting for Scribner’s Magazine, the New York Herald and the…

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