Bernard M. Baruch was born in Camden, South Carolina, on August 19, 1870. His family moved to New York City in 1881, and Baruch later graduated from City College of New York. Baruch, a Jew, married Anne Griffen, an Episcopalian, in 1897. In 1891, he started his career as a Wall Street financier, becoming one of Woodrow Wilson's chief financial supporters in 1912. His political influence in the Wilson administration grew into a career, and in 1917 Baruch became a chairman of the War Industries Board (WIB); he also served as an economic advisor to President Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.
Baruch continued to advise and support Democratic candidates in the 1920s. His political commentary, particularly his remarks on economic policy, made him a significant public figure, and he remained an influential adviser through the Truman Administration. Throughout his life, he maintained a connection to South Carolina through his ownership of the "Hobcaw" plantation, where he vacationed and entertained influential political and media figures. He died on June 20, 1965.
Mark Sullivan was born in Avondale, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1874. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1903 and began his career as a journalist writing politically progressive articles for The Atlantic Monthly and Ladies Home Journal. In 1905, he began working for McClure's, and he served as an editor there from 1914-1917. In 1919, he joined the New York Evening Post as a Washington correspondent, and in 1923, he joined the editorial board of the New York Tribune (later the Herald-Tribune). As a syndicated columnist in the 1930s, he was popular for his political commentary and critical view of the New Deal. Between 1926 and 1935, Scribner's published the six volumes of Sullivan's Our Times: The United States, 1900-1925, a history of U.S. politics informed by Sullivan's work as a journalist. Mark Sullivan died on August 13, 1952.