Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden Bio:  He was an American journalist and author.  He was the editor-in-chief of The Washington Times from 1992 until his retirement in 2008.

Wesley Pruden Bio

He was born in 1935 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. His real name is James Wesley Pruden Jr.

his family having lived in the state for several generations.

His father, James Wesley Pruden, Sr. was a Southern Baptist minister, the pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, and a radio evangelist.

Some of his sermon titles are Why I Became a Baptist After Preaching for the Nazarenes for Ten Years, Why Every Baptist Should Get Drunk Once, and Who’s in Hell.

The senior Pruden was also the president of the Little Rock chapter of the White Citizens’ Council, a segregationist group that battled integration throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business was in 1951 when, as a tenth-grade student at Little Rock Central High School.

He worked nights as a copyboy at the since defunct Arkansas Gazette, where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor.

After high school, he attended a two-year college, Little Rock Junior College, now incorporated into the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary in 1991.

Under Pruden’s editorship, every Saturday The Washington Times ran a full page of stories on the American Civil War, the only daily newspaper in the United States to do so.

Pruden called it probably our single most popular feature and noted that there are more books published on the Civil War than in any other American topic.

Pruden said that the Civil War page has just as many stories about glorifying the Union as it does the Confederacy.

Soon after Pruden retired as editor-in-chief, the Times announced that the Civil War page would be expanded to include coverage of all America’s wars and would be renamed America at War.

Death and Cause

Pruden rose from teen copy boy to editor-in-chief of influential Washington, D.C., newspaper has died on 17 July 2019. he has died at the age of 83.


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