Earl Mazo

Earl Mazo
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Mazo pictured during World War II
Born (1919-07-07)July 7, 1919
Warsaw, Poland
Died February 17, 2007(2007-02-17) (aged 87)
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]


  • Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait, New York: Harper (1959)[9]


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b c d e "Earl Mazo, 87; Nixon biographer also covered politics for New York papers". Los Angeles Times. February 20, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "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.

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