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Six months at the Tribune saw Dunne gain promotion to editor of the Sunday edition, soon after the start of This relieved him of the drudgery of the daily reporter's beat, which he disliked. Before the end of the year, he moved again, this time to the Chicago Herald —publisher John R. Walsh and editor James W. Scott were building a staff composed mainly of enthusiastic younger journalists, including Dunne's old colleague from the ballpark, Seymour.
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Several Whitechapel members were there, as was future politician Brand Whitlock , who later wrote, "when they induced 'Pete' Dunne to come over from the Tribune , the staff seemed complete". Although hired as a reporter, not an editor, Dunne's experience and competence quickly placed him high on the staff. Dunne got to do political work, covering the Democratic and Republican conventions. He also had to do work he found less interesting—the young Theodore Dreiser , assigned like Dunne to cover a florists' convention noted that Dunne seemed to scorn not only the event, but the fact he was assigned to cover it.
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Despite his affected nonchalance during such assignments, Dunne still turned in brilliant copy. Dunne was transferred to the Walsh-owned Chicago Evening Post after the conventions and was put in charge of its editorial page under the paper's editor, Cornelius McAuliff. Dunne, with these connections, and continued fine writing, became prominent in Chicago. Assigned by his paper to cover the World's Columbian Exposition , the city appointed him as its representative at a number of events there that had an Irish connection.
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The first Dooley articles appeared when Dunne was chief editorial writer for the Chicago Post , and for a number of years he wrote the pieces without a byline or initials. A contemporary wrote of his Mr. Dooley sketches that "there was no reaching for brilliancy, no attempt at polish. The purpose was simply to amuse. But it was this very ease and informality of the articles that caught the popular fancy.
The spontaneity was so genuine; the timeliness was so obvious.
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Within a short time, weekly Dooley essays were syndicated across the country. In , under the title Mr Dooley in Peace and War , a collection of the pieces was brought out in book form, received rave reviews from the critics, and was on the best seller list for a year. Dunne moved to New York as a full-time writer and national literary figure. Selections from Dooley were read at meetings of the presidential cabinet.
Theodore Roosevelt was a fan, despite the fact that he was one of Dunne's favorite targets. When Roosevelt published his book, The Rough Riders , Dunne wrote a tongue-in-cheek review mocking the war hero with the punchline "if I was him I'd call th' book 'Alone in Cubia'" and the nation roared. Now I think you owe me one; and I shall expect that when you next come east you pay me a visit.
I have long wanted the chance of making your acquaintance. The two finally met at the Republican Convention in , where Roosevelt gave him a news scoop—he would accept the nomination as vice presidential candidate.
In later years, Dunne was a frequent guest for dinner and weekends at the White House. Dunne wrote more than Dooley pieces, about a third of which were printed in eight books. Their era of influence ended with the start of World War I. After Dooley became popular, Dunne left Chicago and lived in New York, where he wrote books and articles and edited The American Magazine , Metropolitan Magazine and Collier's Weekly , becoming a beloved figure in club and literary circles.
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Dunne's "Dooley" essays were based on realistic depictions of working-class life, and did not reflect the idealism of most political commentators of the Progressive Era. On December 10, , Dunne married Margaret Ives Abbott — , a society woman in Chicago, prominent golfer, and Olympics winner. She continued to play golf while she and Dunne were raising their four children, Finley Peter Dunne Jr. Get to Know Us.
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