Brand Whitlock

Brand Whitlock (1869 - 1934) was a lawyer, politician, municipal reformer, diplomat, writer and newspaper reporter. Between 1905 and 1911 he was elected mayor of Toledo, Ohio four times as an Independent. In 1913 Whitlock was appointed Minister to Belgium by President Wilson. Whitlock's efforts to help Belgium during World War I would earn him legendary status in that country. Clarence Darrow was friends with Whitlock. They first met when both of them had independently gone to see Lieutenant-Governor of Illinois Joe Gill to ask him to spare the life of Patrick Eugene Prendergast. Prendergast was facing execution for the 1893 assassination of Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison. Photo from the "World Today" (1906).