1917 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prizes were first presented in 1917. There were initially four categories; others that had been specified in Joseph Pulitzer's request were phased in over the next few years. The winners were selected by the trustees of Columbia University. The first Pulitzer Prize winner, French Ambassador Jean Jules Jusserand, who had written the best book about American history, won $2,000. Herbert Bayard Swope won a $1,000 prize for reporting.
- Editorial Writing:
Letters and Drama Awards
- Biography or Autobiography:
- "Columbia Awards Pulitzer Prizes". New York Times. 9 June 1917. p. 10.