Mary McGrory (August 22, 1918 – April 20, 2004) was a liberal American journalist and columnist. She was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War and was on Richard Nixon's enemies list for writing "daily hate Nixon articles."

Born in Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts to Edward and Mary McGrory, she shared her father's love of Latin and writing, and she graduated from the Girls' Latin School and began her career as a book reviewer at The Boston Herald. She was hired in 1947 by The Washington Star and began her career as a journalist, a path she was inspired to take by reading Jane Arden comic strips. She rose to prominence as their reporter covering the McCarthy hearings in 1954.

McGrory won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1975, for her articles about the Watergate scandal. After the Star went out of business in 1981, she went to work for The Washington Post. In 1985, McGrory received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. She died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 85.

Friendship with the Kennedy Family[edit | edit source]

McGrory wrote extensively about the Kennedy presidency. She and JFK were close in age, both of Irish descent and from Boston. McGrory's exchange with Daniel Patrick Moynihan after the president's assassination was quoted widely: “We will never laugh again,” said McGrory. Moynihan, who worked for President Kennedy responded, “Mary, we will laugh again. But we will never be young again.” [1]

McGrory was assigned by the Star to travel with Robert F. Kennedy during his ill fated 1968 presidential campaign and became close to his wife Ethel at the time.

Urban legend[edit | edit source]

In a 1983 paperback, Wayne Coffey's 303 of the World's Worst Predictions, McGrory was falsely described as having "predicted" in her Washington Star column that George McGovern would win the 1972 presidential campaign "by a landslide". As it turned out, the book's author, rather than McGrory, had written ineptly. McGrory's October 22, 1972, Star column had been about McGovern's showing in the state of Michigan, which she felt might be one of the few states McGovern could win. The column began, "Here in Michigan, they have failed to get the word about the Nixon landslide."[2] Nevertheless, readers of Coffey's book were given the impression that the liberal McGrory had made the most erroneous "prediction" in political history.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1] Article, Que Hacer – Michael Shifter (October 8, 2001) and [2] 1968 In America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture and the Shaping of a Generation
  2. McGrory, Mary (October 23, 1972). "Victory for McGovern". Modesto Bee: p. 8. 

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