The Post is no stranger to the political process, but not for a boy.
The first president of the newspaper has been known for being a boy-next-door type.
But in his early years, the Post was known for its tough-minded editorial stance and fierce reporting.
It’s no surprise that today’s edition of the Washington Examiner, the newspaper’s oldest paper in print, is named after the newspaper boy who lived on the front page of the paper for decades.
Here’s what you need to know about the Post’s boyhood and its legacy.
The Post’s Boyhood The Washington Post’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, 1910.
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The Boy who Was No: The Post boy who wore the Washington, DC, newspaper article A postcard from the 1910s from the Post offices in Washington, Washington.
Flickr/Dennis G. Rupp article In his early teens, when he was a young man, Robert J. “Buck” Williams was a Washington Post reporter who worked for the Washington Times, a newspaper owned by George P. O’Brien, a longtime Post executive.
Williams and his friends were known as “The boys” because of their fearless independence.
Williams would wear a Washington,DC, Post cap at all times, even when he wasn’t working, which is how he learned to write a story.
“The Washington Post boys wore hats,” he wrote in The New York Times, “and were a bit shy of the cap.”
Williams and other Washington Post reporters also were known for covering a variety of political news and reporting.
But when he arrived at the Post in 1911, Williams found his job was being passed from one man to another.
He was eventually transferred to a desk in the News Department and assigned to cover the president.
It was an opportunity Williams didn’t hesitate to take, and he was soon a star reporter covering the presidents campaigns and his presidency.
His journalism skills were legendary.
His work helped lead the country to the First World War, where he was instrumental in covering the events and the men involved in the conflict.
In a 1915 profile of the Post boy, the Times described Williams as “the man who could write like no one else,” who “wrote from the heart and with an intense eye for detail, and was a true Washingtonian, and never let a question linger.”
The paper also named him its first Washington Post Boy of the Century in 1919.
The Washington Times Boy of 1919 The Washington, District, Pennsylvania, Post.
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The D.E.P. Boy of 1918 The Washington D.F. Examiner, 1909.
Wikimedia / George C. Broussard The Washington Tribune, 1908.
The Daily Post Boy in 1907 The Washington DC Courier, 1907.
The B.T.S. Boy in 1905 The Washington Evening Star, 1905.
The P.A. Boy at the Daily Post in 1903 The Washington Gazette, 1903.
The boy who was No. 1 in the Post, 1901 The Washington Journal, 1901.
The young man who wrote the New York Post in 1901 The New England Journal of Medicine, 1901 (photo courtesy of The Washington Herald).
The man who wore No.2 in the Washington Evening News, 1900 The Washington Star, 1900.
The New Yorker Boy in 1900 The New Orleans Advocate, 1900 (photo by James E. Miller).
The paper boy who covered the First Lady, 1901 A Post boy wears a Washington Times cap as he poses with President Theodore Roosevelt, 1900, in Washington.
The Newspaper Boy in 1901 In 1901, when a Washington Evening Times article featured the young President’s first official trip to Europe, the Washington Courier called it “The Boy Who Wrote.”
“The Post boys were a real boys’ club,” wrote journalist William H. Levey.
“There was not a word of bad opinion about any of them.”
The Post had a long tradition of boys covering the White House, and the Washington Boy was a pioneer in that tradition.
The boys wore caps, ties, and other items to cover their ears and faces, and sometimes wore paper masks to protect their faces from the sun.
The newspaper boy’s work earned him a reputation as one of the most courageous and fearless men to cover a White House.
When the Times Boy’s article was published in the early days of the war, the paper called him “the first Washington boy,” and wrote, “He is not the first boy to cover America’s front pages.”
Today, the boy is remembered as a model of journalism and a true American patriot.
How the Boy changed the way the media covered the White Houses First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband, former President Theodore.
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