William F. Prisk
William Frederick Prisk, Jr. (April 2, 1870 – December 21, 1962) was a California newspaper executive. He held posts on the Grass Valley Union (editor and publisher), Evening Telegraph (publisher, typesetter, reporter and business manager), Pasadena Star-News (co-owner with his brother Charles H. Prisk), Long Beach Press-Telegram (editor-publisher). He was elected to the California State Senate in 1897, and at the time, was the youngest member of the California State Legislature. For his many years as editor-publisher of the Press-Telegram, he received the nickname "Mr. Long Beach".
Prisk was the second son of William and Mary (Hosking) Prisk, natives of Camborne, Cornwall, England, who settled in Grass Valley, California, US, where his father was a miner. He was born in Grass Valley. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1869. Three years after his death in Long Beach, he was selected to the California Newspaper Publishers Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame. The William F. Prisk Elementary School in the Long Beach Unified School District is named in his honor.
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