Westbrook Pegler
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1894
Date of Death: 1969
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer
Occupation: Journalist
Spouse: Julia Harpman
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Francis James Westbrook Pegler (August 2, 1894 - June 24, 1969) was an American journalist and writer, serving as a war correspondent for World War I, and a opinion columnist from the 1920s until his death. He was a sharp critic of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his successor Harry Truman.

Westbrook Pegler in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

President Harry Truman compared Chicago Tribune columnist Tom Schmidt unfavorably to Westbrook Pegler, claiming that Schmidt's attacks made Pegler look like a gentleman by comparison.[1]

Westbrook Pegler in The War That Came EarlyEdit

When Herb Druce told his wife Peggy about the boondoggle he'd helped shut down, he suggested that the project was such a waste of money, if he'd been a Republican, he'd have told Westbrook Pegler and the Chicago Tribune about the mess.[2]

Westbrook Pegler in Joe SteeleEdit

Westbrook Pegler had supported Joe Steele in the 1932 presidential election, but soured on Steele during his first term. As the 1936 election loomed, Pegler and Steele supporter Charlie Sullivan traded quotes from Mr. Dooley to support their respective positions.[3]