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FINLEY PETER DUNNE [1867-1936] was a reporter, columnist, and editor. In 1884, he began work as a reporter at the Chicago Telegram. He later worked at other Chicago newspapers including the Chicago News, the Chicago Post, the Chicago Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Herald, and the Chicago Journal.
Hs first “Mr. Dooley” essay appeared in the Chicago Post where he was chief editorial writer.
In 1898, he wrote of the victory of Commodore Dewey in Manila Bay using his character “Mr. Dooley”. His weekly Dooley columns became nationally syndicated. Through Mr. Dooley, he expounded upon political and social issues. President Theodore Roosevelt, became a fan.
In 1900, Roosevelt, at the Republican Convention, gave him a news scoop that he would accept the nomination as vice presidential candidate. Later, Dunne was a frequent guest at the White House. In 1899, Mr Dooley in Peace and War, was a best seller.
In 1902, he marred Margaret Ives Abbott. Margaret (Marda) won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s golf.
Dunne was among a group of Chicago writers who lampooned their New York City colleagues.
From about 1905-1936 he lived in New York City where he edited The American Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and Collier’s Weekly.
Dunne was a friend of Samuel Clemens, and Richard Harding Davis.
Dunne coined many phrases that are often qoted or paraphrased:
“all politics is local.” - a favorite of Tip O’Neill.
“Trust everybody, but cut the cards.”
“Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.”
“A man has more fun wishing for the things he hasn’t got than enjoying the things he has got.”
“If you go to the zoo, always take something to feed the animals, even if the signs say ‘Do Not Feed Animals’. It wasn’t the animals that put them signs up.” - quoted by Forrest Gump

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