Travis Hensley

Inducted: 1978

TRAVIS HENSLEY (1851-1944) was a double pioneer of Oklahoma Journalism. He made the run into the state when the Cheyenne-Arapaho lands were opened for settlement in 1892, established the first newspaper in the territory, the El Reno Democrat. The following year he established the first newspaper, The Westside Democrat of Enid, in the Cherokee Outlet the day the territory was opened for settlement. He also established Hensley’s Magazine (1903) and the People’s Press in EI Reno. A founder of the Oklahoma Press Association, he was its sixth president. He also served in both houses of the Oklahoma legislature, and was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1934.