Biographical Information

Dates: 1886 -1973 Dates in Ridgefield: 1936 -
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Among the books in John Neville Wheeler’s library was a copy of For Whom the Bells Tolls, inscribed “To Jack Wheeler, who gave me the chance to go to war.” The book was signed by Ernest Hemingway, who Mr. Wheeler had hired as a correspondent to cover the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway was just one of the noted writers Mr. Wheeler worked with during his years at several newspaper syndicates; he also hired Ring Lardner, Grantland Rice, Joseph Alsop, Dorothy Thompson, Pauline Frederick, Sheilah Graham, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A graduate of Columbia University, Wheeler fought as a lieutenant in France during World War I. He began his newspaper career at The New York Herald and he later became executive editor of Liberty. In 1930 he became general manager of North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA). Though he sold NANA in 1965, he remained active as a writer and as an adviser to leaders. “Eisenhower asked me what I’d do about the growing conflict in Vietnam,” he said in 1967, “and I said I’d get the hell out of there. We never should have been there.” He and his wife, Tea, moved to Spring Valley Road in 1936. He died in 1973 at the age of 87.
Title:I’ve Got News For You, 1961
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