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Albert Hodges Morehead (1909-1966) circa 1950

Albert Hodges Morehead II (1909-1966) (b. August 7, 1909 – d. October 5, 1966) was a writer for the The New York Times, a bridge specialist, a lexicographer, and an author and editor of reference works.

Early yearsEdit

Morehead was born in Flintstone, Taylor County, Georgia on August 7, 1909 to Albert Hodges Morehead (1854-1922) and Bianca Noa (1874-1945). Bianca's brother was Loveman Noa, the Naval hero. Albert's siblings were: Kerenhappuch Turner Morehead (1905-1907) who died as an infant; and James Turner Morehead (1906-1988). His parents lived in Lexington, Kentucky but were spending their summer in Georgia at the time of his birth. The family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee after the death of Albert's father in 1922 in Baylor County, Texas. He attended the Baylor School and later Harvard University. In 1939, Albert Morehead married Loy Claudon (1910-1970) of Illinois, and the couple had two children: Philip David Morehead (1942- ) and Andrew Turner Morehead (b. 1940).

JournalismEdit

Through high school and college, Morehead worked on the Lexington Herald (now the Herald-Leader), the Chattanooga Times, the Chicago Daily News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Town Crier of Newton, Massachusetts. He later worked for The New York Times. In 1944 he published 36 articles, under four pseudonyms, in Redbook magazine, and in 1951 published 29 articles in Cosmopolitan' magazine. From 1945 to 1947, he was the puzzle and quiz editor for Coronet magazine and was the consulting editor for games in Esquire magazine. Starting in 1946 he was a consultant to the United States Playing Card Company, and he was vice president and general manager of Kem Plastic Playing Cards, Inc. for three years. He was author, co-author or editor of over 60 books, including books on games and puzzles, and a number of reference works, some of which are still in print. He edited W. Somerset Maugham's "The Ten Best Novels of the World" and Fulton Oursler's "The Greatest Story Ever Told." Finally, he served as vice president of the John C. Winston Company, a book publisher, for three years.

BridgeEdit

Bridge was a life-long pursuit for Morehead. From 1927 on, he played in bridge tournaments, and in 1932, during the depression he was hired as a writer for Ely Culbertson's magazine, Bridge World magazine. In 1928 he was made editor, and in 1929 he became the general manager of all of Culbertson's bridge publications. In 1934, he won the Charles M. Schwab Trophy, and served as both president and chairman of the board of the American Contract Bridge League. He later wrote The New York Times bridge column for more than 25 years.

DeathEdit

Morehead died of cancer in 1966 in Manhattan, and his remains were cremated and the ashed scattered.

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