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Name:  Brand Whitlock  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1869 in Urbana, Ohio


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Whitlock lived in Illinois from 1891 to 1897.

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Brand Whitlock was born in Urbana, Ohio, in 1869. He became a journalist and worked for the Chicago Herald. He was later employed by John P. Altgeld, the reforming governor of Illinois. His interest in politics led him to run for office and in 1906 he was elected to the first of four terms as Mayor of Toledo. In 1914 Whitlock accepted an appointment by President Woodrow Wilson as American Minister to Belgium, during which time he earned a nickname as Le Ministre Protecteur on account of his frequent appeals to German military authorities in occupied Belgium on behalf of condemned prisoners

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