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(May 6, 1903-October 2, 1981) Born Herschele Lewis Goldhirsch in New York City. Attended City College of New York for three years. Worked for sister's brokerage firm; founded own brokerage in mid-1920s. Declared bankruptcy in 1926, unable to return clients' investments after unsuccessful market speculation. Pled guilty to charges of mail fraud in 1929, spending more than three years in prison; edited prison newspaper. Worked for five years as hotel manager. In 1938 wrote and sold advertising for New York Mirror. Moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he sold advertising for Norfolk Times-Advocate. Changed name to Golden. Worked for Charlotte Labor Journal and Charlotte Observer as advertising salesman. Founded small newspaper Carolina Israelite in 1941, noted for its humorous treatment of civil rights issues; worked on Israelite until 1968. Disclosure of prison term in 1958 increased popularity; later received presidential pardon from Richard Nixon. Author of Only in America (1958), For 2ยข Plain (1959), Enjoy! Enjoy! (1960), You're Entitle' (a biography of Carl Sandburg, 1962), Mr. Kennedy and the Negroes (1964), So What Else Is New? (1964), A Little Girl Is Dead (1965), and The Best of Harry Golden (1967). Died in Charlotte.