J. David Stern
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1886
Date of Death: 1971
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Lawyer, journalist, business man
Spouse: Juliet Lit
Professional Affiliations: Philadelphia Record,
New York Post
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Julius David Stern (April 1, 1886 - October 10, 1971) was an American newspaper publisher, best known as the liberal Democratic publisher of The Philadelphia Record from 1928 to 1947, as well as other newspapers including the New York Post from 1933 to 1939.

J. David Stern in Joe SteeleEdit

J. David Stern purchased the New York Post in 1933. Under his ownership, the Post had initially supported President Joe Steele through his reelection in 1936, but had quietly become neutral as Steele's administration grew more repressive.[1] Nonetheless, the Post did run pieces by Mike Sullivan that were critical of Steele. However, when Stern authorized the Sullivan-penned editorial, "Where Is Our Freedom Going?" in 1937 the Administration finally responded by taking Sullivan into custody,[2] and sending him to a camp in Montana.[3] In early 1944, Sullivan's editor, Stan Feldman, was arrested himself.[4]


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 162-163.
  2. Ibid., pg. 167.
  3. Ibid. pg. 174.
  4. Ibid., pg 287.