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WASSON, ALONZO

WASSON, ALONZO (1870–1952). Alonzo Wasson, journalist and editor, son of Alonzo and Sarah Jane (Tealy) Wasson, was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on April 13, 1870. The family moved shortly from Little Rock to Sherman, Texas. Wasson was educated at St. Vincent's College in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 1891 he began his journalism career with theGainesville (Texas) Register. From then until 1905 he worked for several newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Gazette (see FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM), the San Antonio Express, the Kansas City Times, and the St. Louis Globe Democrat. From 1905 until 1909 he was Washington correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. On November 21, 1906, he married Marie Loretto Smith. In 1909 Wasson returned to Dallas to work as an editorial writer on the News. He was appointed editor-in-chief in 1920 and remained in that position until his retirement to his farm near Austin in 1929. Despite having to type with only one hand as a result of a stroke in 1945, he continued sending articles until his death, on August 12, 1952, in Austin. Wasson was an independent Democrat and a Catholic. He served as a journalist member of the Texas Civil Judiciary Council and was a member of the Legislative Committee on State Child Welfare and the Philosophical Society of Texas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Sam Hanna Acheson, Herbert P. Gambrell, Mary Carter Toomey, and Alex M. Acheson, Jr., Texian Who's Who, Vol. 1 (Dallas: Texian, 1937). Dallas Morning News, August 13, 1952. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 6.

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