Swinton, Stanley M. (Stanley Mitchell), 1919-1982

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M̲i̲c̲h̲i̲g̲a̲n̲ ̲D̲a̲i̲l̲y̲ city editor, 1938; S̲t̲a̲r̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲S̲t̲r̲i̲p̲e̲s̲ war correspondent in Italy, 1943-1945; Associated Press foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia, 1945-1948; in Egypt, 1948-1950; in Korea, 1950-1951; and in Italy, 1951-1957; and Associated Press World Services executive and journalist beginning 1957.

From the description of Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1977. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34421393

Michigan Daily city editor, 1938; Stars and Stripes war correspondent in Italy, 1943-1945; Associated Press foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia, 1945-1948; in Egypt, 1948-1950; in Korea, 1950-1951; and in Italy, 1951-1957; and Associated Press World Services executive and journalist beginning 1957.

From the description of Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1982. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 82392683

Stanley Mitchell Swinton was born September 1, 1919 in Charlevoix, Michigan He began his journalism career by working as a reporter--before graduating to editor-in-chief-- for the Broadcaster, the newspaper for University High School in Ann Arbor. He wrote his first professional news story at the age of 15 and sold it for $1 to the Detroit Free Press . This first journalistic victory cemented his desire to become a journalist.

The son of University of Michigan Engineering Mechanics Professor Roy Swinton, Stanley Swinton attended the University of Michigan and earned his B.A. in 1940. While a student, he held two jobs: one as city editor of the Michigan Daily, the other working for the Detroit Free Press . Swinton also wrote short stories and won the prestigious Hopwood award. On graduation day, he attended the ceremonies in the morning and began working as an editor for the Associated Press that very afternoon. At the onset of World War II, he took military leave and worked as a front-line combat correspondent in North Africa, Italy, and southern France, writing for the Stars and Stripes, a newspaper published for American GI's overseas.. After the war, he continued his work as an AP correspondent. In 1947-1948, he was named chief of bureau for Southeast Asia and in 1948-1950 for the Middle East. In the 1950s he married the former Helen Rhodes Meek of Scarsdale, NY and together they raised three sons. Swinton continued his rise through the ranks of the Associated Press and was named vice president, assistant general manager and director of World Services in 1972.

Swinton's career spans the years of intense conflict throughout the world and his papers provide insightful commentary on world events. He met and interviewed military rebels, presidents, religious leaders, prime ministers, sports and entertainment figures, and VIPs throughout the world. In 1950, he managed to get expelled from Egypt by King Farouk when he disclosed that Farouk planned to make the fiancée of a young Egyptian commoner his Queen against her will. Among his most famous stories is an eyewitness account of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini hanging by his heels in a Milan square. In addition, he has interviewed Ho Chi-Minh, Ferdinand Marcos, the Shah of Iran, and Indira Ghandi. Swinton became a specialist on news media problems in third world countries and worked at many international conferences to improve relations between developing countries and the United States. His byline appeared in more than 100 countries.

Stanley Swinton remained with the Associated Press until he died of cancer August 29, 1982.

From the guide to the Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1985, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Cooper mss. II, ca. 1905-1985 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Swinton, Stanley M. (Stanley Mitchell), 1919-1982. Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1982. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1985 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Swinton, Stanley M. (Stanley Mitchell), 1919-. Stanley M. Swinton papers, 1935-1977. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Hồ, Chí Minh, 1890-1969. person
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associatedWith Marcos, Ferdinand E. (Ferdinand Edralin), 1917- person
associatedWith Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945. person
associatedWith Niemöller, Martin, 1892- person
associatedWith Norodom Sihanouk, Prince, 1922- person
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Korea
Indochina.
Egypt
Malaya.
Germany
Malaya
Philippines
Indonesia
Germany.
Indonesia
Vietnam.
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Vietnam
Italy.
Thailand
Thailand.
Thailand
Korea.
Korea
Germany
Indochina
Egypt.
Philippines
Egypt
Italy
Brazil.
Indonesia.
Philippines
Italy
Indochina
United States
Malaya
Vietnam
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Prisoners of war--United States
American newspapers
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Indochinese War, 1946-1954
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