Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969



Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969


Bio: Andrew Russell "Drew" Pearson (1897-1969) was a journalist who traveled extensively as a foreign correspondent for several newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. In 1931, Pearson and Robert S. Allen anonymously co-authored a book entitled Washington Merry-Go-Round, with gossip about the Washington, D.C. higher-ups, President Herbert Hoover, and Congress. In 1932, they wrote another book, entitled More Merry-Go-Round. When their employers discovered who had written the books, they were both fired from their jobs. In 1932, they began writing a daily newspaper column, Washington Merry-Go-Round, which eventually was syndicated in hundreds of newspapers nationwide. From 1938 to 1955 he also had a weekly radio program. When Pearson died in 1969, the column was continued by writer Jack Anderson.


Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson meeting with columnist Drew Pearson, 4/16/64, photo #c246-1-wh64.. Garden, White House. Photo by Cecil Stoughton, White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.


LBJ Connection: Author; Columnist