Leslie Gordon Niblack

Inducted: 1982

LESLIE GORDON NIBLACK (1873-1948) was one of the state’s most prominent early-day journalists. An Indiana native, Niblack worked briefly for Chicago and Kentucky papers before becoming editor of the influential Guthrie Daily Leader in 1894. During the 31 years as Leader editor, he served in a variety of positions, including Democratic national committeeman, board member of the Oklahoma Historical Society, president of the Oklahoma Press Association, member of the Territorial Legislature and delegate to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I. He administered the oath of office to Gov. C. N. Haskell in 1907 and married Haskell’s daughter in 1909.