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Tom Loyless

Tom W. Loyless (ca.1871 - March 19, 1926) is now best known as the managing owner of the Macon.

As a young editor Loyless earned a reputation for bluntness and a fiery temper that did not always limit itself to print. An 1897 dispute with H.C. Hanson, editor of the rival Macon Morning Telegraph (later merged with Macon Evening News to form the Macon Telegraph) in which Loyless accused Hanson of bias in reporting became so heated that when meeting Hanson in person Loyless struck him. Hanson in turn drew a handgun.

By 1915 Loyless was editor of the Warm Springs resort.

Loyless proved an ambitious caretaker of the much-in-disrepair property. After a young man suffering from polio discovered that the springs helped him, Loyless and Warm Springs attracted the attention of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had polio. Based on his own improvement, Roosevelt decided that Warm Springs could help victims of polio, and he worked together with Loyless on improvements to the resort and spa.

Loyless remained at Warm Springs until his health failed due to cancer in 1925. An obituary (featuring the subheading "Georgia Editor Was an Unceasing Enemy of the Klan") appeared on page 19 of the March 22, 1926, issue of the New York Times.

Loyless is portrayed in the Macon Telegraph, which were syndicated nationally.[1]

References

  1. ^ FDR's ties to Georgia

External links

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Visits to Georgia
  • Extemporaneous Remarks at Thanksgiving Day Party at Warm Springs, Georgia
  • Warring Editors in Georgia
  • Loyless editorial on the Leo Frank prosecution
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