William R. Dutton


William R. Dutton is a representative of journalistic interests in Allamakee county as owner and publisher of the Waukon Standard. His birth occurred in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1858, and in that state he followed the profession of school teaching for a period of eight years, which subsequently he became identified with the newspaper business. He took an active part in politics and held a number of important offices. For two years he served as a chief in the census bureau at Washington. In 1901, leaving Ohio, he took up his abode in Oklahoma and acted as postmaster at Anadarko for two years, while his wife held a similar position at Foraker, Oklahoma, for seven years. Mr. Dutton also served in the third and fourth legislatures of Oklahoma as state senator and in the latter was chosen as the republican candidate for the position of president pro tempore. He was the recognized leader of the minority party. In July, 1913, he purchased the Waukon Standard from John H. DeWild on the fourth day of the following month assumed charge of the Journal, in the publication of which he has already demonstrated his able and progressive methods. He is a capable and experienced newspaper man and also enjoys an enviable reputation as a public speaker of force and power. Senator Dutton is a valuable addition to Waukon’s citizenship and well merits recognition among the leading and representative residents of this county.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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