Joseph Short
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1904
Date of Death: 1952
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Journalist
Spouse: Beth Campbell
Political Office(s): White House Press Secretary
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): All volumes
Type of Appearance: Direct
Joseph Hudson Short, Jr. (February 11, 1904 - September 18, 1952) was White House Press Secretary from 1950 to 1952 and served under President Harry Truman. Previously, he had worked as Washington correspondent for various media.

Joseph Short in The Hot WarEdit

Joseph Short was White House Press Secretary beginning in April 1951, during World War III. He accompanied President Harry Truman to the remains of Los Angeles in April.[1]

Truman officially announced in late 1951 that he did not plan to run for re-election in 1952. He did not tell Short in advance.[2] After Truman broadcast his announcement, an understandably hurt Short confronted Truman about his failure to give Short notice. Short wondered what the country would do without Truman, especially if Joseph McCarthy became President. Truman assured Short that the country would be fine, and that McCarthy wasn't going to win.[3]


  1. The Hot War, pg. 270, ebook.
  2. Fallout, loc., 3945-3987.
  3. Ibid., loc. 3987.
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Early
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Roger Tubby
Political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
Stephen Early
White House Press Secretary
April 1951 to
Succeeded by
Incumbent as of most recent volume