The Denver Imposter

In February 1915 a man arrived in Denver under the name David Grayson. Over ten days of staying in Denver he had run up a $50 board bill, befriended prominent men, and was entertained on Capitol Hill. Reporters contacted David Grayson and his editors and were told that “any man lecturing in Denver or anywhere else asserting that he is David Grayson… is an imposter and I hope you will brand him. David Grayson is a pen name.” Another letter from the editor of The American Magazine stated that “David Grayson is a nom de plume. [The] Author lives in Massachusetts. We have never been permitted to give [the] author’s real name.” On February 7th it was reported that the man in Denver was not the noted author David Grayson but rather a man who “heard fame calling to him.”