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Ross, Charles Griffith (09 November 1885–05 December 1950), newspaper correspondent, editor, and presidential press secretary, was born in Independence, Missouri, the son of James Bruce Ross, a Jackson County marshal and occasional gold prospector, and Ella Thomas. Charlie’s early passion for storytelling was prompted by a maternal grandmother’s tall tales of the Kansas-Missouri border wars over slavery. Ross finished at the top of his high school class, which also included the future president of the United States, ...