Fred C. Kelly
Fred Charters Kelly was an American humorist, newspaperman, columnist
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 and author
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Kelly was born in 1882 in Xenia, Ohio
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 and studied at the University of Michigan
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 (1900–1902). He began his newspaper career in 1896 as a local correspondent for a small town newspaper and wrote a humor column for The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio
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) for five years. His "Statesmen, Real and Near" column (1910–1918) was the first Washington, D.C.
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 news column to be syndicated. During World War I, Kelly served briefly as special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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After the war Kelly bought and operated a farm in Peninsula, Ohio
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 where he continued to support himself as a free-lance writer. In addition to his journalistic work, he was the official biographer of the Wright brothers
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, and worked to bring the original 1903 Wright Flyer
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 home to the U.S. from the Science Museum
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 in London, to which Orville Wright lent it during his long feud with the Smithsonian Institution
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over credit for the first flight.

Partial bibliography

  • Human Nature in Business (1920)
  • How to Lose Your Money Prudently (1933)
  • They Wouldn't Believe the Wrights had Flown: A Study in Human Incredulity (1940)
  • The Wright Brothers (1943)
  • George Ade - Warm Hearted Satirist (1947)
  • Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letters of Wilbur and Orville Wright (1951) (editor)

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