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Brand Whitlock, American author, diplomat.


Whitlock, Brand was born on March 4, 1869 in Urbana, Ohio, United States. Son of Review Doctor Elias D. and Mallie (Brand) Whitlock.


Public schools and by private tuition. Doctor of Laws, Brown U., 1916, Ohio Wesleyan, 1917, Western Reserve, 1919. Docteur en droit, Brussels, 1919, and same from University of Louvain, 1927.


Newspaper reporter, Toledo, O., 1887-1890. Reporter and political correspondent staff Chicago Herald, 1890-1893. Clerk in office secretary of state, Springfield, Illinois, 1893-1897.

Studied law under John M. Palmer, Springfield. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1894, to bar of Ohio, 1897. Practiced at Toledo, 1897-1905.

Elected mayor of Toledo as Independent, against 4 other candidates, 1906. Reelected under similar conditions, 1907, 09, 11. Declined nomination for 5th term.

United States minister to Belgium, December 2, 1913, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, September 29, 1919-February 1, 1922.

Whitlock wrote 18 books, including several novels and a biography.


  • Americat Academy of Arts and Letters; Poetry Society of America; The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium


  • Other Work

    • The 13th District, 1902. The Happy Average, 1904. The Turn of the Balance, 1907. Abraham Lincoln, 1908 (French translation by author, 1918). The Gold Brick, 1910. On the Enforcement of Law in Cities (monograph), 1910, in book form, 1913. The Fall Guy, 1912. Forty Years of It, 1914. Belgium Under the German Occupation, 1918 (translation into French, Danish, etc.).J. Hardin & Son (novel), 1923. Transplanted (novel), 1927. Big Matt (novel), 1928. The Little Green Shutter, 1931. Narcissus, 1931. Contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, also essays, poems and short stories to mags.

    • Uprooted
    • La Fayette,
    • Her Infinite Variety


Member American Academy Arts and Letters, Poetry Society America. Member Royal Academy of Belgium, 1919. Member Royal Belgian Academy of French Language and Literature, 1922.

Member Grand Serment Royal St. Georges, Brussels (society of cross bowmen under King’s patronage, existing since 1381).

  • Americat Academy of Arts and Letters

  • Poetry Society of America

  • The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium , Belgium



  • Other Interests

    politics, journalism, law, philosophy of Christianity


Married Ella Brainerd, June 8, 1895.

Mallie (Brand) Whitlock

Ella Brainerd