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lecturer , writer

Weldon Bernard James, American writer, lecturer. Nominee Pulitzer prize, 1938; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award, Furman University, 1975; Nieman fellowship, 1939-1940, Carnegie fellowship, 1960-1961. Member of National Press (Washington).


James, Weldon Bernard was born on October 14, 1912 in St. Charles, South Carolina, United States. Son of Lucian Adwell and Ada (Weldon) James.


Bachelor cum laude, Furman University, 1933.


Teacher Parker High School, Greenville, South Carolina, 1933—1934. Reporter, columnist, editorial writer Greenville Piedmont, 1934—1937. War correspondent United Press, also Prime Minister Newspaper, New York City, 1937—1941.

Far East editor Collier's magazine, 1946—1948. Associate editor, columnist Courier-Journal, Louisville, 1948—1966. Assistant administrator National Credit Union Administration, 1970—1972.

Writer, lecturer, since 1972. Colonel United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations, colonel United States Marine Corps, 1950-1952, PTO, colonel United States Marine Corps, 1966-1970, Vietnam.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Omer Carmichael): (book) The Louisville Story, 1957. Co-author: Southern Schools: Problems and Progress, 1959. Contributor articles to publications including: Reader's Digest, Pageant, New York Times Magazine, Colliers.


Member of National Press (Washington).


Married Margaret Lady North, November 29, 1943. Children: Sarah James DeBesche, Philip W., Charles Radh Govinda.

Lucian Adwell James

Ada (Weldon) James

Margaret Lady North

Sarah James DeBesche James

Philip W. James

Charles Radh Govinda James