Norman Hapgood, Pach Brothers photo portrait, circa 1890-1910

Norman Hapgood

Norman Hapgood (1868-1937) was an American writer, journalist, editor, and critic, born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard in 1890 and from the law school there in 1893, then chose to become a writer. He was drama critic of the New York Commercial Advertiser and of the Bookman in 1897–1902, editor of Collier's Weekly in 1903 and afterwards, became editor of Harper's Weekly in June, 1913. His editorial style attracted much attention for its vigor and range.

Hapgood helped expose Henry Ford’s antisemitism as in his article, “The Inside Story of Henry Ford's Jew-Mania,” Part 4, Hearst's International, September 1922.

In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson appointed Hapgood ambassador to Denmark, in which post he served for about six months.


The Library of Congress lists 21 titles under his name, and archives his personal papers.

  • Literary Statesmen (1897)
  • Daniel Webster (1899)
  • The Stage in America (1901)
  • George Washington (1901)
  • Industry and Progress (1911)
  • Abraham Lincoln, the Man of the People (1913)
  • The Jewish Commonwealth (1919)
  • Up From the City Streets: A Biographical Study of Alfred E. Smith (1927) (with Henry Moskowitz)


Preceded by
Peter Fenelon Collier
Editor of Collier's Weekly
Succeeded by
Robert J. Collier
Preceded by
Maurice Francis Egan
U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Grew

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