Why Famous: Known for writing nearly 100 books in many genres.
He is most famous though for his classic 1906 muckraking novel, "The Jungle" about the U.S. meat packing industry.
The book caused a public uproar and contributed to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act.
- 1913-04-12 Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)
- 1961-10-14 Author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis
- 1906-06-30 US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle' in particular)
- 1943-05-03 Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)