Harry Post Godwin (February 10, 1857 - March 30, 1900) was born in Binghamton, New York. At a young age he moved to Washington, D.C., where he was educated. At age 17, he began working at the National Republican, where he quickly became Chief Editor. He worked there for seven years until 1881, when he became City Editor at the Washington Star, where he worked for nearly 20 years.
To test William Price, Godwin sent him to the White House to find a story, and he came back with a good headline which started a new form of journalism directed at uncovering the White House.[clarification needed]
In the summer of 1898, Godwin fell onto the gunwale of a boat, severely injuring his lungs. He spent his last months in the hospital struggling to recover. He seemed to have died peacefully, as he was doing well and had just eaten breakfast and heard the days news when the nurse left.