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William Richard Hereford

journalist , banker

William Richard Hereford, American journalist, banker. Awarded bronze medal, Conciliation Internationale, 1913; Chevalier Order of the Crown (Italy); silver medal of merit, Italian Red Cross; American Field Service medal.


Hereford, William Richard was born on February 2, 1871 in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States. Son of Alfred P. and Elizabeth (Powell) Hereford.


Student Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, and Harvard Law School, 1892-1893.


Admitted to bar at Kansas City, 1893. Began newspaper work on Kansas City Times, 1890. On editorial staff New York Recorder, 1895.

Secretary to American minister to Switzerland. 1895-1897; on editorial staff New York Journal, 1897-1902, New York Herald, 1902-1904. Editor European edit.

New York Herald, 1904-1907. Paris correspondent New York World, November, 1908-1913. Made tour of S. America with Robert Bacon in interests of Carnegie Foundation of International Peace, 1913.

Executive secretary American Committee of America Ambulance Hospital, Paris, and American Ambulance Field Service, 1914-1917. Major and deputy commissioner American Red Cross Commission in Italy, December 1917-March 1919. Director department publications League of Red Cross Socs., headquarters Geneva, Switzerland, May 1919.

Now director foreign information service, Bankers Trust Company, Paris.


  • Author: The Demagog, 1909. When Fools Rush In, 1913.


Married Frances Reynolds, December 26, 1899.

Alfred P. Hereford

Elizabeth (Powell) Hereford

Frances Reynolds