George Washington Shannon

El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas, USA
Death 25 Apr 1998 (aged 84)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 53533197 · View Source
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Controversial conservative editor of the Shreveport Journal prior to its purchase by Charles T. Beaird.

His career began as a reporter and sports editor at the El Dorado News-Times. In 1935, he joined the staff of the Shreveport Times and he rose to become assistant city editor. In 1938, he moved to the Alexandria Daily Town Talk. After service in the U.S. Army in World War II, he joined the staff of the Shreveport Journal where he was named Journal editor in July 1953, a position he retained until April 1971. A fierce opponent of John F. Kennedy, he endorsed Republican presidential nominee Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona in his run against U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1968, Shannon and the Journal endorsed the American Independent Party and its presidential candidate, then former Governor George Corley Wallace Jr. of Alabama, who won Louisiana's ten electoral votes by plurality. Wallace came to Shreveport in 1971 to speak at Shannon's "appreciation dinner." After his time with the Journal, Shannon worked with The Citizen, published in Jackson, Miss. After retirement, he returned to Shreveport.

Shannon's was in the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Conference of Editorial Writers, and the Downtown Rotary Club of Shreveport, and he was a former president of the Shreveport chapter of the Reserve Officers Association.

Shannon's archival materials are at the Noel Memorial Library at LSUS.

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