Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to his literary accomplishments, Mencken was known for his controversial ideas. He was not a proponent of representative democracy, which he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. In 1931, the Arkansas legislature passed a motion to pray for Mencken's soul after he had called the state the "apex of moronia".
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents,
more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some
great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their
heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a
~ H.L. Mencken