Burton J. Hendrick

 A muckraker is a reform-minded journalists who wrote for popular magazines, continued a tradition of investigative journalism reporting, and emerged in the United States after 1900.Through a combination of advertising boycotts, dirty tricks and patriotism, the movement, associated with the Progressive Era in the United States, came to an end. Burton Hendrick was one of these muckrakers he was born in new Haven, Connecticut. While attending Yale University, Hendrick was editor of both The Yale Courant and The Yale Literary Magazine. He received his BA in 1895 and his master’s in 1897 from Yale. In 1095 he began writing for The New York Evening Post and the New York Sun; he did not become a muckraker until he began writing for McClure’s Magazine. His first story for them came out in “The Story of Life-Insurance” was published in 1906. Hendrick soon started  working at Walter Hines Page’s World’s Work magazine as an associate editor. Later on in 1919 Hendrick began writing biographies, when he was the ghostwriter of Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story for Henry Morgenthau, Sr.  In 1921 he won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Victory at Sea”. He also won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for “The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page”  and once again in 1929 for “The Training of An American”. Hendrick also wrote “The Age of Big Business” in 1919, using a series of individual biographies, as an enthusiastic look at the foundation of the corporation in America and the rapid rise of the United States as a world power. After completing the commissioned biography of Andrew Carnegie, Mr. Hendrick turned to writing “group biographies”. When he died he was currently writing the biography for Louise Whitfield Carnegie, the wife of Andrew Carnegie. Burton J. Hendrick was a great person who lived his life telling the stories of others. 


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