Elisha Jay Edwards

Elisha Jay Edwards (often bylined as E.J. Edwards, and under the pen name Holland) (1847 - April 25, 1924) was a well-known investigative journalist and financial reporter of the late 19th and early 20th century.[1] He broke the story in 1893 of President Grover Cleveland's secret cancer surgery aboard his friend Elias Cornelius Benedict's yacht Utowana, which the administration denied.[2][3][4]

Edwards graduated from Yale University in 1870, and its law school in 1873.[5] He served as Washington correspondent of the New York Sun from 1880–84, and editor of the New York Evening Sun from 1887-89. Starting in 1889 he began writing a long-running column as "Holland" which was carried in The Philadelphia Press, Chicago Inter Ocean, and The Cincinnati Enquirer.[1][6]

Edwards also had a personal and professional relationship with author Stephen Crane.

Edwards also wrote a book titled, Shad and Shed, Or, The Remarkable Adventures of the Puritan Brothers.

Edwards died in Greenwich, Connecticut at age 76 on April 25, 1924 after a brief illness, survived by his wife and three sons (Walter S., Charles H., and E. Jay Jr.).[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Wertheim, Stanley. A Stephen Crane Encyclopedia, p. 94 (1997)
  2. ^ (6 July 2011). A Yacht, A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor, NPR
  3. ^ Algeo, Matthew. The President Is a Sick Man, p. 136-148 (2011)
  4. ^ Algeo, Matthew. "A President, A Yacht, And A Secret Operation". BoatUS. No. October/November 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. ^ Intro note to Edwards article, The Connecticut Magazine, p. 619 (1907)
  6. ^ (11 February 1918). Holland, The Wall Street Journal (glowing tribute to Edwards' work)
  7. ^ (27 April 1924) Elisha Jay Edwards (obituary), The New York Times
  8. ^ (2 September 1932). Mrs. Elisha J. Edwards (obituary), The New York Times