Harry Post Godwin
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Harry Post Godwin

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]

After resigning from the Washington Star in 1897, Godwin went to New York to take a high-ranking position in the Columbia Photography Company.[1][2][3]

Personal life

Godwin is the son of a Union Soldier who disappeared in the Civil War, and grandson of Abraham Godwin Jr.

He married Annie Falconer Stoppard on April 9, 1880. He had multiple children: Earl Godwin, Harold, Frank Godwin and Stuart. He had many grandchildren, including Park Godwin.[4]


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.

He died in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and his remains were brought to Washington D.C. His funeral was held at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and he was buried at Rock Creek Cemetery. [5]


  1. ^ "Papers of the Washington Star, 1852-1981". 23 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Search Results « Chronicling America « Library of Congress". chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
  3. ^ Hornaday, William Temple (7 September 1887). "The Extermination of the American Bison". Library of Alexandria – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Harry Post Godwin (1857 - 1900) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com.
  5. ^ "31 Mar 1900, Page 16 - Evening Star at Newspapers.com".

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