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Edward Everett Brodie

Republican. Newspaper publisher; chair of Clackamas County Republican Party, 1916-21; U.S. Minister to Siam, 1921-25; Finland, 1930-33; member of Oregon Republican State Central Committee, 1928-30. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Woodmen; Sigma Delta Chi.

Background

  • Ethnicity: The Brodies are of pure Scotch ancestry and the great grandfather of Mr. Brodie emigrated from Scotland to this country in its early days. His father, a native of Kentucky, was a soldier who served in the army of the United States for over half a century and settled in Oregon in the year 1868. His mother's family was from New England.

  • Edward Everett Brodie is widely recognized throughout the state of Oregon as a leader among newspaper men. The value of the local newspaper in the upbuilding of the best interests of any community is universally conceded, and the Morning Enterprise has indeed been a large factor in the development of Oregon City.

    The call of the newspaper world was strong and immediately upon finishing his education he secured work on a newspaper. For some time he was connected with the Astoria Budget and his service on that paper laid the foundation for his later work. Seeing opportunities in the newspaper field he removed to Oregon City in 1901 and accepted a position on the Enterprise, which paper is one of the three oldest newspapers in the state and has served its community for over fifty years. For seven years he worked on the Enterprise. Finally he purchased the Enterprise and in 1910 started to issue a paper daily. The venture proved to be successful and for the past ten years the Morning Enterprise has been one of the leading papers of the Willamette valley.

  • Education

    • the grade and high schools of Astoria

      Mr. Brodie received a good education, first attending the grade and high schools of Astoria and later the University of Oregon.

    Career

    • Removed to Oregon City in 1901 and accepted a position on the Enterprise, which paper is one of the three oldest newspapers in the state and has served its community for over fifty years. For seven years he worked on the Enterprise and in that time studied every phase of the workings of the institution until he knew every step taken in the publishing of the news from the time it was brought in by the reporters until it was taken off of the press and distributed to the newsboys. Finally he purchased the Enterprise and in 1910 started to issue a paper daily.

      The esteem in which he is held by newspaper men is evidenced by the fact that he is vice president of the National Editorial Association as well as ex president of the Oregon Editorial Association. He has also served as secretary of the board of education of the city since 1904, secretary of the Commercial Club of Oregon City, director of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce and of the McLoughlin Memorial Association. He is also an active member of the Pacific Northwest Tourist Association and of the Portland Press Club.

      On the 8th October, 1921 he is appointed as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of th US in Thailand. He leaves post on the 2nd May, 1925.

      16-May-1930 - 21-Sep-1933 he is delegated as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the US to Finland

    Major achievements

    • As the result of his devotion to his newspaper work, his business and political activity, he is numbered among the prominent men of the state. For years he has been closely identified with the history of the city in which he resides, as a representative of one of its most important business interests. Being a man of keen discrimination and sound iudgment his executive ability and excellent management has brought to his newspaper a large degree of success, and through his paper he has done much good for the community, county and state.

    Politics

    Although he has never sought nor accepted public office Mr. Brodie has always been an active member of the republican party and personally and with the aid of his paper has fought all of the battles of his party to the finish. He has always fought against the waste of public money, especially in road building and as a result of his efforts in this direction Clackamas county is the only county in the state that has installed its own plant for hard surface road building. For many years Mr. Brodie has been a member of the republican county committee and he is now serving as chairman of that body.

    Party affiliation: Republican Party

    Membership

    • a member of the Elks, the Masons, Woodman of the World, regent of the Royal Arcanum and a member of the State Grange

    • was an active member of the republican party

    Personality

    Interests

    the moral and intellectual development of his community

    the Elks, the Masons, Woodman of the World, the Royal Arcanum

    Connections

    • father: Elias Henry Brodie
    • mother: Julia Matilda (Goff) Brodie
    • Wife: Miss Imogen Harding
    • Son: George Harding
    • Son: Madelon Jane
    Edward Everett Brodie
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    • 1910
      publisher, the Morning Enterprise
      Oregon, United States
    • October 8, 1921 - May 2, 1925
      Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, United States Embassy
      Thailand
    • May 6, 1930 - September 23, 1933
      Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, United States Embassy
      Finland, Helsinki

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