William Safire

William Safire

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William L. Safire aka Safir
Born 1920s.
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Died 2000s.
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William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter.

He was a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics from its inception.

Safire was born William Lewis Safir in New York City, New York, the son of Ida (née Panish) and Oliver Craus Safir.[3][4] His family was Jewish, and originated in Romania on his father's side.

Safire died from pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland, on September 27, 2009[1], aged 79. He was survived by his wife, Helene Belmar (Julius)[2]; their children, Mark and Annabel; and granddaughter, Lily.

  • Residence: 1940, Tract 382, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; age 10; mother Ida P Safir (44, New York); brothers Marshall Safir (20, New York), Leonard Safir (18, New York)[3]


  1. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKN-5MMW : 13 December 2015), William Safire, 2009; Burial, Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America, King David Memorial Gardens; citing record ID 42437961, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  2. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV64-JBXH : 8 October 2014), William L Safire and null, 1962; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1962, quarter 4, vol. 5D, p. 439, Paddington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K97H-JDX : 14 March 2018), William Safir in household of Ida P Safir, Tract 382, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-45, sheet 64A, line 39, family 791, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 221.

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On 17 Dec 2018 at 03:55 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Matt, since William is not living, could you add birth and death dates for him? 17 Dec 1929 - 27 Sep 2009. Also, he was in the US Army during WWII, so he could get a sticker identifying his as such. Thanks.

PS: Nice work on your own tree!

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