The Advertising Century

James Webb Young

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James Webb Young
(1886-1973)
J. Walter Thompson Co., New York

At Helen Lansdowne's urging, Stanley Resor in 1912 recruited Young as a JWT copywriter in Cincinnati. Young's copy skills rapidly led to broader responsibilities; he would establish JWT's international network. After time out to teach at the University of Chicago, serve the U.S. Department of Commerce and study ad compensation systems, he returned to JWT in 1941. At President Truman's urging in 1945, Young, working with Ted Repplier, transformed the War Advertising Council into the Advertising Council.

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