Harrison, Luther | 1951
- Birth and Death Year | 1877-1959
- Induction Year | 1951
- Profession | Journalist
- Oklahoma Connection | Harrison came to work at the Wetumka Gazette in Wetumka, Oklahoma, in 1908.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
Luther Harrison was among America’s best known orators and was selected to give the speech at the unveiling of the Will Rogers statue in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., in 1939. He was considered one of the nation’s most prolific authorities on confederate history.
“He had a perfect recollection of all the political and social events which had occurred in this state during his lifetime…He was a born orator…a great student of the Bible…no one can adequately take his place as an editorial writer.” - E.K. Gaylord
Writer-lecturer Luther Harrison was born in Mississippi and lived in Arkansas. He taught school and worked in the newspaper business in Texas before settling in Wetumka, Oklahoma, and purchasing part of the Wetumka Gazette. He joined Governor Charles Haskell in editing the New State Tribune and also edited a paper at Holdenville before coming to Oklahoma City in 1924 to write for The Daily Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Times. His “keen mind and sparkling choice of words [were] the cornerstone of the editorial page of The Oklahoman, daily and Sunday” for thirty-five years. At his death, it was estimated that he had penned some 50,000 editorials and written hundreds of editorial discussions for the Friday edition of The Oklahoman in which he outlined the following weekend’s International Sunday School lesson for teachers and laypeople across the Southwest.