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John Williams Andrews


John Williams Andrews was born on November 10, 1898, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree in 1920 and his law degree in 1926, both at Yale. After graduation from college Andrews was an international news correspondent based in China and upon his return from China, a legislative correspondent for the New Haven Journal Carrier from 1922 to 1923. Upon receiving his law degree in 1926 he joined the law firm of Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballantine in New York City and was admitted to the New York bar in 1927. He was with the law firm until 1932. From 1938 until 1940, Andrews was a special instructor in the history department at Yale University and a fellow at Timothy Dwight College from 1938 to 1940. From 1942 to 1948, he served at the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of the Federal State Relations Section, and from 1948 to 1950 as a trial attorney in the Anti-Trust Division. He was director of the Washington Institute of Mental Hygiene from 1951 to 1952 and then became an executive at two public relations firms.

Andrews was editor-in-chief of Poet Lore and a member of the Poetry Society of America and the Catholic Poetry Society of America. He was a co-recipient of the 1963 Robert Frost Poetry Award.

[Source: Cynthia R. Fadool (ed.) , Contemporary Authors 26 (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1976)(Vols. 57-60); Obituary, "John W. Andrews, Poet, 76, is Dead," New York Times, Mar. 20, 1975, p. 42]


John Williams Andrews, Prelude to "Icaros" (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1936)(Boston: Branden Press, 1966)

__________________, A Ballad of Channel Crossings (New Haven: Printed at the Press of Timothy Dwight College, 1941)

__________________, First Flight: The Story of Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (Westport, Connecticut: Pavilion Press, 1962)(1966)

__________________, Hill Country North (Boston: Branden Press, 1965)

__________________, A.D. Twenty-one Hundred: A Narrative of Space (Boston: Branden Press, 1969)

__________________, Triptych for the Atomic Age (Boston: Branden Press, 1970)


John Williams Andrews, et. al., The Yale Book of Student Verse, 1910-1919 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919)

_________________, History of the Founding of Wolf's Head (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Lancaster Press, 1934)


Bennington Banner
March 21, 1975, p. 3