|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1890|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1942|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Maury Henry Biddle Paul ~ For over a quarter century was society editor of the New York Journal American, and colorful chronicler of New York Society's events and personalities, under the pen name of 'Cholly Knickerbocker'.
He was born in Philadelphia, the son of William Henry Paul and Eleanor Virginia Biddle. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1914. That year he began newspaper work on the old Philadelphia Times, soon leaving it to become society editor of the New York Press. In 1917 he took over the Cholly Knickerbocker column in the New York American, which later merged with the Evening Journal. Mr. Paul was also the author of numerous articles about Society and its celebrities. He called many of the town's social leaders by their first names. Maury Paul invented the phrase, "Cafe Society" to describe the night club and restaurant crowd; also coining the expression, "Old Guard", which included members of the old New York families. Paul preferred to concern himself with the truly well born, or truly rich, and when he wrote about such people his thoughts flowed sweetly at the typewriter. He found no difficulty in dashing off three features every week for the Sunday section of the American. He would sparkle into print with an exclusive story, which was often!
His daily column and feature articles were syndicated to over sixty newspapers of the Hearst group throughout the country. Mr. Paul had the definite distinction as the inventor of a particularly flamboyant style of writing ~ the rich quotation marks, the meaningful dash, the mannered repetition and the allusive phrase!
A plump, airy sort of man, expensively dressed and deeply perfumed, who loved to talk about his clothes. He would gladly pull up a trouser leg to display his solid gold garter clasps engraved with all four of his initials; but about his cologne he was darkly secretive and would contentedly say, "I always smell to heaven!" His working clothes and his working badge ~ a dinner jacket with a carnation in its lapel. He lived in a luxurious apartment, richly furnished with mirrors and murals, autographed pictures of social celebrities, and a leopard skin throw for his own bed, in which he was photographed receiving breakfast from his man-servant. He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of the War of 1812.
He died of a heart ailment at his home, at 136 East 64th Street, at the age of fifty-two; he had been ill for several weeks. He was survived by his mother, with whom he shared his home. His funeral service was held at St. Bartholomews Church. The honorary pallbearers included William Randolph Hearst, Jr., James A. Farley, William Rhinelander Stewart, Winston Thomas, Richard Berlin, Lucius Boomer, Julius W. Noyes, Clifton Webb, Dwight Fiske, F. Frazier Jelke and William A. Curley.
Note: Eleanor Virginia Biddle Paul ( 1859 - 1956 ), Maury Paul's mother, is interred in the same vault at Woodlawn Park North Mausoleum.
Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Mausoleum, Unit 3, Corridor 12, Section 20
Created by: R. Bruce
Record added: May 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90859822
Remembering Maury H.B. Paul on this Anniversary of his passing. As he appeared at his table at the Colony Club ~ his unofficial headquarters in New York.|
Added: Jul. 17, 2016
Remembering Maury H. B. Paul on this Anniversary of his birth. Pictured ~ 'Cholly Knickerbocker' arriving at the Metropolitan Opera House. With opera-glasses in hand to see, from afar, who would be worthy of mention in tomorrow's column!|
Added: Apr. 14, 2016
Remembering Maury H.B. Paul on this Anniversary of his passing. Pictured ~ Maury ( 'Cholly Knickerbocker' ) leaving the El Morocco in New York, which he made famous as "the" place for celebrities and Society folks to gather.|
Added: Jul. 17, 2015
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