The Pittsburgh Press (September 26, 1944)
Washington (UP) –
Playwright Robert E. Sherwood was free to begin active work on behalf of President Roosevelt’s fourth-term campaign today following his “regretfully tendered” resignation as director of the Overseas Branch of the Office of War Information.
He will be succeeded in the OWI post by Edward W. Barrett, who has served at executive director of the Overseas Branch since January.
Mr. Sherwood said his sole reason for resigning was the conviction that Mr. Roosevelt’s reelection was of “supreme importance in this hour of history.” In order not to compromise OWI’s “rigidly nonpartisan” political position by work on behalf of the Roosevelt campaign, Mr. Sherwood said, he decided to make a “clean, complete break.”