Charlie Ross
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1950
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Journalist, Politician
Spouse: Florence Griffin
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Charles Griffith Ross (November 9, 1885 – December 5, 1950) was the White House Press Secretary for US President Harry Truman from 1945-1950. Before that, Ross was a Pulitzer Prize winning-journalist. Ross and Truman were old friends from Missouri.

Charlie Ross in The Hot WarEdit

Press secretary Charlie Ross abruptly died in December 1950, just as the situation in Korea was disintegrating to the point that President Harry Truman was contemplating using atomic weapons. Stephen Early replaced Ross on a temporary basis. While Early, who'd held the position under Franklin D. Roosevelt, was more than up to the task, Truman missed his friend Charlie Ross for some time after his death.[1]

Charlie Ross in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

As Press Secretary, Charlie Ross was often in the eye of the storm of controversy that surrounded the Truman Administration's decision to continue to occupy Germany after World War II.[2]


Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan W. Daniels
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Stephen Early

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