Biographical Information:

Dates: 1902-1983Dates in Ridgefield: 1950s
nonfiction, history, journalismjournalist, art dealer, lecturer
James Waterman Wise was an author, art dealer and lecturer who lived on Pumping Station Road in the 1950s. Born in 1902, he was a son of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the famous reformer who fought sweatshops and unsafe factories, and who was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Wise covered the Spanish Civil War for The New York Times and wrote nearly a dozen books, including Swastika: The Nazi Terror; Thomas Jefferson: Then and Now 1743-1943; and The Springfield Plan. Blacklisted harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler lived for a while with Mr. Wise at his Ridgefield home. Many other leaders in the arts and letters spent weekends there, including Broadway composer Harold Rome. Waterman died in Nice, France, in 1983 at the age of 81.
Titles (partial):Swastika: The Nazi Terror, 1933The Springfield Plan, 1945The Jew in American Life, 1946Meet Henry Wallace, 1948From Bigotry to Brotherhood: A Tolerance Reader, 1952
--Source: Notable Ridgefielders-Jack Sanders