Walter S. Campbell

Inducted: 1971

WALTER S. CAMPBELL (STANLEY VESTAL) (1887-1957), first Rhodes Scholar from the state and the most widely acclaimed writer from Oklahoma, published 24 books and taught literature and writing for 42 years at the University of Oklahoma. His seven biographies and seven histories are ranked among the best ever published depicting life in the old west. In 1938 he founded a unique school of professional writing at OU. In the next 20 years half of his 2,500 students became successful freelance writers, selling 250 books and 10,000 shorter items to 1,000 different magazines for $2 million. His influence on writers was greater than any other Oklahoman.