Jedediah Leland
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Jedediah Leland (Character)
from Citizen Kane (1941)

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Jedediah Leland was considered by some to have been a very close friend to Charles Foster Kane. Both were reputed to have been kicked out of numerous academic institutions, before Kane invited Jedidiah to join him in operating the New York Daily Inquirer. Jedediah assisted Kane along with Mr Bernstein, and both are present when Kane draws up a paper that are the 'Declaration of Principles' for the paper. After printing the principles in the next issue of the paper, Jedidiah holds onto them.

Jedidiah soon notes several changes to Kane as time goes on, from questioning the acquisition of a rival paper's top editors, to Kane's running for Governor. After a scandal breaks out and Kane loses, Jedidiah goes to his old friend, requesting to be transferred to the Chicago branch of the newspaper. Kane is reluctant, but allows Jedidiah to do so.

Their paths cross again when Kane debuts his second wife Susan in a grand production at a newly-built opera house in Chicago, IL. While the rest of the staff are able to shower praise and glowing information about the performance, Jedidiah ends up drunk and passed out over his typewriter, unable to complete the honest and rather scating review of Susan's performance. Kane finishes it for Jedidiah, and then fires him, but not long after paying him for his services.

One of the last correspondences that Jedidiah had with his old friend, was sometime afterward, when he sends Charles the long-kept Declaration of Principles that his friend had once adhered to.

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