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Ellery Walter

writer , lecturer

Ellery Walter, American writer, lecturer.


Walter, Ellery was born on June 16, 1906 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Alfred and Margaret Ellery (Hickman) Walter.


Educated University of Washington, Seattle, 1924-1926. Student political economy. University of Berlin, on fellowship of Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1932-1933.


Thrown on own resources at 14. Worked in electrical factory (Chicago), press room (Detroit News), on farm (Mississippi), ranch (Texas), oil fields (Mexico), as auto salesman (Arizona), in logging camps (Washington and British Columbia), fish cannery (Alaska), as seaman (Seattle-Orient run), newspaper reporter (Australia), courier (Europe). Traveled around world, paying expenses by working.

1926-1928; in Europe, 1929-1930. Interviewed Hindenburg, Mussolini, Pope Pius XI, and others. Taught at Cranbrook (Michigan) School for Boys, 1930-1931.

Special correspondent New York Herald Tribune in Soviet Union, 1931, for New York Herald Tribune and National Broadcasting Company in Far East, 1933-1934.


  • Author: The World on One Leg, 1928. High Hats and Low Bows, 1931. Russia’s Decisive Year, 1932.

    Manchurian Empire, 1934.


Married Elizabeth Adams Jenks, June 15, 1932.

John Alfred Walter

Margaret Ellery (Hickman) Walter

Elizabeth Adams Jenks