John Owen Beaty (December 22, 1890 - September 9, 1961) was a scholar of English literature and an anti-communist researcher. He was the author of fourteen books. His most well-known work, The Iron Curtain Over America, argued for the existence of a Jewish attempt to takeover the country through Communist subversion. Beaty was one of the first to popularize the theory that today’s Jews are actually Khazars.
John Beaty was born in Crow, West Virginia, to James Robert and Eula (Simms) Beaty in 1890. He studied at the University of Virginia receiving his B.A. and M.A. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 and served in the final days of World War I. After the war, he and remained in Europe and took graduate courses at Université de Montpellier, France. In 1921 he received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. In 1919 he taught English at Southern Methodist University eventually retiring there in 1957. He was head of the English Department at SMU from 1927 until 1940.
He was a military intelligence officer during World War II and served in the Office of War Information in Washington DC. He was rose to the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and served in the army reserves until 1950. During the war he was Chief of the Interview Section. From 1943 to 1946 he interviewed over two thousand individuals including military personnel, diplomatic officials, congressmen, missionaries, explorers, businessmen, refugees, and journalists. One of John Beaty’s colleagues was military intelligence officer Truman Smith who was a close personal friend to Charles Lindbergh.
He married Josephine Mason Powell in 1920 and raised four children. Josephine Beaty was once the Vice President of Defenders of the American Constitution.
Upon his retirement in 1957, Beaty and his wife moved to a farm near Barboursville, Virginia. After period of hospitalized at Gordonsville, Virginia he died on September 9, 1961.
- An Introduction to Poetry (1922)
- An Introduction to Drama (1927)
- Race and Population (1928)
- Texas Poems (1936)
- Swords in the Dawn (historical novel, 1937)
- Image of Life (1940)
- The Iron Curtain over America (1951) text
- How to Capture a University (pamphlet, 1954)
- The Cry of Anti-Semitic (pamphlet, 1954)
- Crossroads (1956)