Morehead, Albert H.


Albert Hodges Morehead, Jr. (August 7, 1909 – October 5, 1966) was a writer for ''The New York Times'', a Contract bridge, bridge player, a lexicographer, and an author and editor of reference works.

Early years

Morehead was born in Flintstone, Taylor County, Georgia on August 7, 1909, to Albert Hodges Morehead I (1854–1922) and Bianca Noa (1874–1945). Albert senior was a choral conductor. Bianca's brother was Loveman Noa, the Naval hero. Albert's siblings were: Kerenhappuch Turner Morehead (1905–1907) who died as an infant; and James Turner Morehead (1906–1988). His parents lived in Lexington, Kentucky, but were spending their summer in Georgia (U.S. state), Georgia at the time of his birth. The family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, after the death of Albert's father in 1922 in Baylor County, Texas. He attended the Baylor School and later Harvard University. In 1939, Albert Morehead married Loy Claudon (1910–1970) of Illinois, and the couple had two children: Philip David Morehead (b. 1942) and Andrew Turner Morehead (b. 1940). He was a noted bridge partner of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Multiple pages with numerous reprints including some secondary sources.
  Quote: Albert Morehead, the six-foot-four, erudite panelist of CBS-TV's new audience participation series, "I'll Buy That", is one of those many-sided geniuses in cosmopolitan New York whose list of vocations and avocations is literally a yard long. He is a book editor, magazine writer, games authority, author, tunesmith, newspaper columnist, lexicographer, businessman, translator, amateur criminologist and a half dozen other lesser things besides.


Through high school and college, Morehead worked on the ''Lexington Herald'' (now the ''Lexington Herald-Leader, Herald-Leader''), the ''Chattanooga Times'', the ''Chicago Daily News'', ''The Plain Dealer'', and the ''Town Crier'' of Newton, Massachusetts. He later worked for ''The New York Times''. In 1944 he published 36 articles, under four pseudonyms, in ''Redbook'' magazine, and in 1951 published 29 articles in ''Cosmopolitan (magazine), Cosmopolitan magazine. From 1945 to 1947, he was the puzzle and quiz editor for ''Coronet (magazine), Coronet'' magazine and was the consulting editor for games in ''Esquire magazine''. Starting in 1946 he was a consultant to the United States Playing Card Company, and he was vice president and general manager of KEM playing cards, Kem Plastic Playing Cards, Inc. for three years. He was author, co-author or editor of over 60 books, including books on games and puzzles, and a number of reference works, some of which are still in print. He edited W. Somerset Maugham's ''Great Novelists and their Novels'' (Winston, 1948) and Fulton Oursler's ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'' (Doubleday, 1949). Finally, he served as Vice-president of the John C. Winston Company, a book publisher, for three years.


Contract bridge, Bridge was a lifelong pursuit for Morehead. From 1927 on, he played in bridge tournaments, and in 1932, during the depression he was hired as a writer for Ely Culbertson's magazine, ''The Bridge World''. In 1938 he was made editor, and in 1939 he became the general manager of all of Culbertson's bridge publications. In 1934, he won the Charles M. Schwab Trophy, and served as both president and chairman of the board of the American Contract Bridge League. He later wrote ''The New York Times'' bridge column for more than 25 years.


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Morehead died of cancer in 1966 in Manhattan.

Bridge accomplishments


* ACBL Hall of Fame, Blackwood Award 1996 * ACBL Honorary Member of the Year 1946


* IBPA Bridge Book of the Year 1966


* Ely Culbertson#Anglo-American matches, Schwab Cup (1) 1934


* North American Bridge Championships (1) ** Reisinger, Chicago (now Reisinger) (1) 1935



* Morehead, Albert and Geoffrey Mott-Smith (1950). ''Culbertson's Hoyle: The New Encyclopedia of Games, with Official Rules''. Greystone Press.

External links

"A Tribute to Albert H. Morehead"
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