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Phillips, David Graham, 1867-1911



David Graham Phillips was born on October 31, 1867 in Madison, Indiana. He received his degree from Princeton University in 1887. Phillips worked as a newspaper reporter in Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving on to New York City where he was employed as a reporter for "The Sun" from 1890 to 1893, then columnist and editor with the "New York World" until 1902. He published his first novel "Great God Success in 1901. Other publications include "Susan Lenox: Her Rise and Fall," "The Grain of Dust," The Social Secretary," and "Woman Ventures." Phillips is known for producing one of the most important investigations exposing details of the corruption by big businesses of the Senate, in particular, by the Standard Oil Company. He was among a few other writers during that time that helped prompt President Theodore Roosevelt to use the term “Muckrakers”. He died on January 24, 1911.

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David Philips papers

Identifier: MS-343
Date(s): 1887 to 1941

David Graham Phillips (1867-1911), writer. The collection contains typescripts, some with author's annotations, of 13 stories and essays, correspondence, legal papers, and other items relating to the sale, publication, and disposition of Phillips' work by his executrix, Caroline Frevert.

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