Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Charles Griffith Ross
(November 9, 1885 – December 5, 1950) was the
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
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.
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.