Earl Mazo

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Earl Mazo
Mazo pictured during World War II
Born(1919-07-07)July 7, 1919
Warsaw, Poland
Died February 17, 2007(2007-02-17) (aged 87)
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Clemson University
Occupation journalist

Earl Mazo (July 7, 1919 – February 17, 2007) was an American journalist, author, and government official.


Education and early life

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Mazo migrated to the United States as a small child with his parents, Sonia and George Mazo. [1] The Mazos settled in Charleston, South Carolina where they lived in the Hannah Enston Building. [2] Mazo would later graduate from Clemson University. [1] During World War II, he served as a public relations officer with the U.S. Army Air Force's 385th Bomb Group and was stationed in the United Kingdom. [3] [4] [5]


Mazo reported for Stars and Stripes , the New York Herald Tribune , the New York Times , the Reader's Digest , and served for one year during the presidency of Harry Truman as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. [1] In later life, Mazo was employed as head of the professional staff of the United States Congress Joint Committee on Printing. [4]

In 1959, Mazo authored a biography of Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait. [6] The following year, he published a series of exposés on serious voter fraud in the United States which, he believed, cost Nixon the 1960 U.S. presidential election. [6] [7] His reports prompted a successful appeal by Nixon to Mazo's editors to terminate the series of stories on the grounds that the U.S. could not afford a constitutional crisis at the height of the Cold War. [6] Nixon allegedly said to Mazo that "our country can’t afford the agony of a constitutional crisis – and I damn well will not be a party to creating one, just to become president or anything else". [8] Mazo would later express his disappointment at the decision, believing the series would have put him in contention for the Pulitzer Prize. [6] [7]

Personal life

Mazo was widowed from his first wife, but later remarried. He died at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland from complications resulting from a fall at his home in Chevy Chase. [6] [4]



  1. 1 2 3 Sullivan, Patricia (February 18, 2007). "Earl Mazo, 87; Richard Nixon Biographer". Washington Post . Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  2. Stockton, Robert (October 2, 1972). "Building, Notables Linked". Charleston News & Courier. pp. B1. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  3. Rooney, Andy (2008). My War. PublicAffairs. ISBN   1586486829.
  4. 1 2 3 "Regina Schatz and Earl Mazo". New York Times . November 27, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. "Report from the Front: Lt. Earl Mazo". JHSSC. Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 "Earl Mazo, 87; Nixon biographer also covered politics for New York papers". Los Angeles Times . February 20, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  7. 1 2 "The drama behind President Kennedy's 1960 election win". Constitution Daily. National Constitution Center . Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  8. Boller, Paul (1996). Presidential Anecdotes. Oxford University Press. p. 327. ISBN   0195097319.
  9. "Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait". WorldCat . OCLC . Retrieved March 16, 2017.