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Herbert Bayard Swope Dies at 76; Exposed the Ku Klux Klan

Private funeral services were held today for Herbert Bayard Swope, one of the most prominent reporters and editors in modern American journalism, who died Friday at the age of 76. Following cremation of the remains, the service was held at Mr. Swope’s Sands Point estate on nearby Long Island.

Awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for journalism, Mr. Swope made his greatest mark as executive editor of the New York World, one of the great liberal newspapers of the last generation. While he was at the head of the World, the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for its expose in 1922 of the Ku Klux Klan. Among the many civic organizations in which he was active was the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was the brother of the late Gerard Swope, General Electric president, who was a major benefactor of the Haifa Institute of Technology.