Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959

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Fred Charters Kelly (1882-1959) was an American humorist, newspaperman, columnist and author. From 1910 to 1918 he wrote the first syndicated Washington news column. He was the official biographer of the Wright brothers and was active in the efforts to bring the Kitty Hawk to the Smithsonian Institution from the British Museum in London. He also wrote books on George Ade, Kin Hubbard, and various other subjects, and was the author of numerous magazine articles.

Kelly was born in 1882 in Xenia, Ohio and graduated from public school there before attending the University of Michigan from 1900 to 1902. He began his newspaper career at the age of 14 as a local correspondent for a small town newspaper, and then authored a humorous column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer for five years. During his early years in Washington, while writing his column "Statesmen, Real and Near," he began contributing special articles to leading magazines. For 18 months during World War I, he served as special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After the war, Mr. Kelly bought and operated a farm in Peninsula, Ohio, continued free-lance writing, and began his career as an author. His works include Human Nature in Business (1920), How to Lose Your Money Prudently (1933), The Wright Brothers (1943), and George Ade - Warm Hearted Satirist (1947).

Kelly was a member of the National Press Club, Overseas Writers Club, and the Players Club. He had a son, Fred C. Kelly Jr., with his first wife; with his second wife, Marcelle van den Heuvel, whom he married in 1938, he had two children, Brian and Jeanne.

From the guide to the Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, ca. 1923. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Ohlinger, Gustavus, 1877-1972. Papers, 1899-1962. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Hubbard, Kin, 1868-1930. Drawings by Kin Hubbard and papers pertaining to him [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Page, George A. Index to autographs of aviators and others inscribed in the margins of George A. Page's copy of The Wright brothers by Fred C. Kelly, 1947-1977. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Page, George A. Index to autographs of aviators and others inscribed in the margins of George A. Page's copy of The Wright brothers by Fred C. Kelly, 1947-1977. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Charles Benedict Driscoll papers, 1922-1919 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kanas Collection
creatorOf Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. Booth Tarkington papers [manuscript], 1900-1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright Papers, 1809-1979, (bulk 1900-1948) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
creatorOf Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959. Papers of Fred C. Kelly, 1942. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Ade, George, 1866-1944 person
associatedWith Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941 person
associatedWith Angell, Norman, Sir, 1874-1967 person
associatedWith Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937 person
associatedWith Biddle, Nicholas, 1893- person
associatedWith Blythe, Samuel George, 1868-1947 person
associatedWith Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930 person
associatedWith Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940 person
associatedWith Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971 person
associatedWith Bowers, Claude Gernade, 1879-1958 person
associatedWith Brisbane, Arthur, 1864-1936 person
associatedWith Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978 person
associatedWith Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965 person
associatedWith Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944 person
associatedWith Croy, Homer, 1883-1965 person
associatedWith Driscoll, Charles Benedict, 1885-1951 person
associatedWith Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960 person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Barry, 1888-1961 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 person
associatedWith Henry, O., 1862-1910 person
associatedWith Hollis, Henry French, 1869-1949 person
associatedWith Hosking, Arthur. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Will David, 1873-1946 person
associatedWith Hubbard, Kin, 1868-1930. person
associatedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955 person
associatedWith Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957 person
associatedWith Hutton, Graham, 1904- person
associatedWith Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938 person
associatedWith Janis, Elsie, 1889-1956 person
associatedWith Kettering, Charles Franklin, 1876-1958 person
associatedWith Klein, Julius, 1901-1984 person
associatedWith Lane, Franklin K. person
associatedWith Lattimore, Owen, 1900-1989 person
associatedWith Leacock, Stephen, 1869-1944 person
associatedWith Maurois, André, 1885-1967 person
associatedWith McCulloch, Carleton Buel, 1871-1949 person
associatedWith McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949 person
associatedWith McFarland, Marvin Wilks, 1919- person
associatedWith McIntyre, O. O. (Oscar Odd), 1884-1938 person
associatedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 person
associatedWith Moley, Raymond, 1886- person
associatedWith Morgan, Byron. person
associatedWith Mowrer, Paul Scott, 1887- person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Nenni, Pietro, 1891- person
associatedWith Ohlinger, Gustavus, 1877-1972. person
associatedWith Page, George A. person
associatedWith Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920 person
associatedWith Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984 person
associatedWith Rook, Clarence, 1862-1915 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944 person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Schuster, M. Lincoln (Max Lincoln), 1897-1970 person
associatedWith Snow, Edgar, 1905-1972 person
associatedWith Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962 person
associatedWith Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944 person
associatedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. person
associatedWith Tarkington, Susanah, 1870-1966 person
associatedWith Terhune, Albert Payson, 1872-1942 person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith Webster, Harold Tucker, 1885-1952 person
associatedWith West, Rebecca, 1892-1983 person
associatedWith Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944 person
associatedWith Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 person
associatedWith Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. person
associatedWith Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912. person
associatedWith Young, Art, 1866-1943 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Authors, American
Humorists, American


Birth 1882

Death 1959



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