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Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.

June 17, 2010

George Matthew Adams

George Matthew Adams (Aug 23, 1878-Oct 29, 1962) was a newspaper columnist and head and founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Syndicate Service. He also has been a special contributor to the Gettysburg Times.

In 1908, George Matthew Adams had hired William Allen White to write about political issues. Both met in Chicago. While talking, George showed William clippings of Walt Mason’s daily shorts essays which George had been cutting from copies of the Gazette he encountered. Adams stated he liked those works and meant he’d like to syndicate them to other papers. White’s remark was that that was possible. He hinted Adams to give about $18 a week to Walt Mason so the latter would be willing to work on such a project.

In the 1910s, George Matthew Adams was selling Dr. Frank Crane’s Four Minute Essays. Then, he lost Crane to a competitor. However, George didn’t throw in the towel. As a matter of fact, a marvelous career as a writer started. George set to write short essays himself when he traveled from city to city selling his wares. In the 50s, Crane was all but forgotten, but George Matthew Adams’ short inspirational columns appeared in about 100 newspapers.

George Matthew Adams ascribed his success to courage and positive thinking and began writing daily inspirational essays. In 1907 he organized the George Matthew Adams Service to distribute his essays. Later on, he began attracting writers and syndicating their work as well. Soon he set to syndicate comics, first with the Abe Martin panel in 1910. Even though the syndicate offered sundry comic strips, its strong suit was in small panel cartoons, especially those accompanied not only by jokes but also by backwoods homilies, light verse and Adams-style inspiration.

This syndicate has been strongest in the ’20s and ’30s, especially before losing steam as its founder aged. The remaining features were sold off to the Washington Star Syndicate after Adams’ death.