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Elmer Davis
(January 13, 1890 – May 18, 1958)

St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW, Lafayette Square neighborhood, DC.

An award-winning journalist and editor, Davis had a long career as a newspaperman and radio personality before moving to Washington in 1941, when Franklin Roosevelt appointed him the first director of the United States Office of War Information.

Davis was one of the four journalists who portrayed himself in the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, and he was the host and narrator of the ABC television series, Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–52), which won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. He was also the recipient of three Peabody Awards for his journalism.

He was the author of  He was the author of History of the New York Times (1921), Times Have Changed (1923), I'll Show You The Town (1924), Friends of Mr. Sweeney (1926), Strange Woman (1927), Giant Killer (1928), Two Minutes till Midnight (1955), and But We Were Born Free (1955).

Architect: Mihran Mesrobian.
Year: 1926
Originally opened under the name the Carlton Hotel, President Calvin Coolidge cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening ceremony. The name was changed in 1999 when the property was purchased by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.