Oscar S. Stauffer
|Oscar S. Stauffer|
|Born||Oscar Stanley Stauffer
November 26, 1886
|Died||February 24, 1982
Oscar Stanley Stauffer (November 26, 1886 – February 24, 1982) was founder of the media company Stauffer Communications and is often credited with starting the bandwagon for Kansas Governor Alf Landon getting the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1936.
In 1886, Stauffer was born in Hope, Kansas. After graduating Emporia High School (Emporia, Kansas) in 1906, Stauffer went to work for William Allen White at the Emporia Gazette for $6/week. White fired him in 1908 to force him to attend the journalism school at the University of Kansas. After graduating from college, he worked five years at The Kansas City Star.
In 1930, he formed Stauffer Publications from six newspapers he owned.
In 1935, Stauffer encountered Kansas City Star editor Roy Roberts and is reported to have asked him, "Look here Roy, when are going to do something about getting Alf nominated?" Shortly thereafter, Roberts, Stauffer, Kansas City Star reporter Laci Haynes and Pittsburg, Kansas publisher Fred Brinkerhoff chipped in $500 each to open an "Alf Landon For President" campaign headquarters in the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Rather than printing any stationery, the publishers used the letterhead of Arkansas City Daily Traveler in Arkansas City, Kansas.
In 1975, the Kansas State High School Activities Association began the Oscar Stauffer Award, which each year honors a sports broadcaster and newspaper reporter for their outstanding coverage of high school athletics in the state.
In 1982, Oscar died at the age of 95, and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.
- Oscar S. Stauffer Dies at 95; Founder of Newspaper Chain - New York Times - February 25, 1982
- Kansas Press biography
- Ferguson, Lew. Journalism era ends with sale of Stauffer holdings, Fort Scott Tribune, June 17, 1995
- Oscar Stauffer bio
- Peabody - The First 100 Years; Peabody Gazette-Herald; June 1971
- Boss-busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star by Hary Haskell - University of Missouri Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2007) ISBN 0826217699