Allen, Robert S. (Robert Sharon), 1900-1981

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Colonel, U.S. Army during World War II.

From the description of The Robert S. Allen papers, 1944-1945. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 22353583

Biography

Ruth Finney was born 6 March 1898, in Chicago, Illinois, to John W. and Mary Morrison Finney. She grew up in Downieville and Sacramento, California and attended San Jose Normal School where she received a teaching certificate in 1918. After substitute teaching in Sacramento for three months, she resigned to join the staff of the Sacramento Star as a reporter.

In 1922, Finney received statewide recognition for her reporting of the Argonaut Mine disaster in Jackson, California. She was transferred to the San Francisco Daily News and there received national attention for her coverage of President Warren G. Harding's death at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. As a result, she became the Washington, D.C. correspondent for the four California Scripps-Howard newspapers. During her first years in Washington, Ruth Finney covered the Teapot Dome Oil scandal, monitored the passage of the Boulder Canyon Project Act (which authorized the construction of Hoover Dam and the allocation of its resources), and investigated the corruption in the electric and gas utilities industry, for which she received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in 1931.

She began writing a weekly column, "Washington Calling," in 1941, which contained news, political and economic analyses, and forecasts and was distributed to all Scripps-Howard newspapers. She wrote numerous magazine articles and was a member of the Washington Press Club.

Ruth Finney married Robert Sharon Allen, co-author of Washington Merry-Go-Round, in 1929. Together they became fixtures of the Washington social scene, entertaining and being entertained by presidents, senators, members of congress and court justices. Such occasions provided grist for her column. Though she partially retired in 1965, Finney continued writing her column through 1974.

Ruth Finney died 20 March 1979 and was survived by her husband.

From the guide to the The Ruth Finney Papers, 1906-1979, (University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Evjue, William Theodore, 1882-1970. Papers, ca. 1880-1969. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Allen, Robert S. The Robert S. Allen papers, 1944-1945. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Papers of Drew Pearson. 1915 - 1969. Files from the Georgetown Office and Residence
referencedIn Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940. Letters, 1932-1933. Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Historical Society
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. Letters of Carl Sandburg [manuscript] 1951-1952. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Allen, Robert S. [Letter], 1945. Indiana State Library - ISL
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ekern, Herman Lewis, 1872-1954. Herman Lewis Ekern papers, 1872-1954. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972, 1929-1957 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf The Ruth Finney Papers, 1906-1979 University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969. Drew Pearson "Washington Merry-Go-Round" papers, 1932-1944 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. Letters of tribute to Carl Sandburg [manuscript], 1951-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Allen, Robert S. (Robert Sharon), 1900-1981. Robert S. Allen papers, 1917-1980 (bulk 1932-1980). Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Sherry Mangan papers, 1923-1961. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940. person
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
associatedWith Ekern, Herman Lewis, 1872-1954. person
associatedWith Evjue, William Theodore, 1882-1970. person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Mangan, Sherry, 1904- person
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945. person
associatedWith Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969. person
associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith United Feature Syndicate. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Army, 3rd. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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United States
Washington (D.C.)
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Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc
World War, 1939-1945
News agencies
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Journalists
Plagiarism
Authors
World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage
World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence
Investigative reporting
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Birth 1900-07-14

Death 1981-02-23

English

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