Daniels , the family name of two United States journalists and public officials who were father and son.
(1862–1948), the father, was born in Washington, D.C. In his early career, Daniels was a newspaperman and Democratic politician in North Carolina. He was secretary of the navy during both administrations of President Wilson, 1913–21. He was criticized on various grounds before the United States entered World War I—one of his most unpopular acts was forbidding liquor on naval vessels—but ran the navy efficiently during the war. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had been his assistant secretary of the navy during World War I, Daniels was ambassador to Mexico, 1933–42. He wrote Our Navy at War (1922) and Life of Woodrow Wilson (1924).
(1902–1981), the son, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. After studying at the University of North Carolina and Columbia University, he joined the editorial staff of his father's newspaper, the Raleigh News and Observer . In 1933 he succeeded him as editor. During World War II Daniels held various administrative posts in the federal government, including that of press secretary for President Roosevelt and President Truman (1945).
His books, largely historical and biographical, include: A Southerner Discovers the South (1938); The End of Innocence (1954); The Time Between the Wars (1966); Ordeal of Ambition: Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr (1970); The Randolphs of Virginia (1972); White House Witness 1942–45 (1975).