William D. Little, Sr.

Inducted: 1975

WILLIAM D. LITTLE, SR. (1888-1966) was one of the most powerful and frequently quoted editorial writers in Oklahoma for half a century. He won so many awards for editorial writing that an accurate count is not possible. Joining the staff of the Ada Evening News in 1914, he bought controlling interest in 1921 and served as editor and publisher for forty-five years. More than ten years before the Oklahoma Supreme Court scandals in the 1960s he crusaded against the court for decisions he considered reprehensible. He also followed a strong conviction that a responsible newspaper helps shape a community.