Philadelphia Inquirer logo


James S. Chambers 1
Veteran Newspaperman Drops Dead on Way Home

James S. Chambers, for more than forty years a newspaperman in this city, and known to all newspapermen simply as “Jim” Chambers, dropped dead last night on Eighth and Brown streets, while on his way home at the close of his duties at the Public Ledger office, where he had been in various editorial capacity for twenty-one years.

Mr. Chambers was 69 years old. Living at 527 Brinton Street, Germantown, he was accustomed every night to walk to the Girard avenue station of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway before boarding a train. It was a while on his way there that he was stricken by a heart attack. He was identified through a card in his pocket which stated that he was a member of St. Albans Lodge, No. 529, F. and A.M.

For many years Mr. Chambers was city editor of the Record, and before that was with the Bulletin. He lived with his wife and daughter, Mrs. David Fox. He is also survived by his son, Jay Chambers, an artist, who lives in New York.


  1. James Slater Chambers (1853–1923) was the paternal grandfather of Whittaker Chambers

2 Responses to James S. Chambers (1923)

  1. robert eubank says:

    I am so glad to see this information. Whittaker Chambers changed my life when I read WITNESS just after I turned 18 during my freshman year at Texas A&M. I resolved right there that I wanted my life’s work to be defeating liberalism. I would later, after 4 years in the ASA, get my Masters and Doctorate at Rice University and would teach there for 10 years( non tenure track). I founded a foundation which sponsored Buckley twice at Rice.( My greatest thrill was having BUckley call me at my home). At least a 1/3 of our conversations were about Whittaker.I would later become the Founding and Senior Professor of Political Science at Lone Star College at Tomball I retired last year after 27 years there. I also in coming back home from the Army in August 1970 visited Cold Friday and was invited to eat dinner there by the Democratic state senator who lived there with his wife. I was so moved by them telling my friend and I that Mrs. Chambers lived at the back of the farm and still set a place at dinner for Whittaker. It reminded me of the last 17 pages of Witness!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.