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Joseph Hudson Short, Jr. (February 11, 1904 – September 18, 1952) was the fourth White House Press Secretary from 1950 to 1952 and served under President Harry S. Truman. Previously, he had worked as Washington correspondent for various media.

Joseph Hudson Short, Jr
Photograph of President Truman at his vacation residence in Key West, Florida with Press Secretary Joseph Short... - NARA - 200561.jpg
Short with President Truman in Key West
4th White House Press Secretary
In office
December 5, 1950 – September 18, 1952
PresidentHarry S. Truman
Preceded byStephen Early (Acting)
Succeeded byRoger Tubby
Personal details
Joseph Hudson Short, Jr

(1904-02-11)February 11, 1904
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedSeptember 18, 1952(1952-09-18) (aged 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Beth Campbell (1937–1952)
EducationVirginia Military Institute (BA)


Short is the 3rd from the right in back row: Truman's staff during the President's vacation (1951)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Early
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Roger Tubby