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WARREN, DAVID MATHIAS

WARREN, DAVID MATHIAS (1894–1958). David Mathias Warren, newspaperman, the oldest of six children born to Wilburn Henry and Kate (Speer) Warren, was born at South Greenfield, Missouri, on July 19, 1894. After attending public schools at Lockwood and South Greenfield, he entered the University of Missouri in 1914 and graduated with a bachelor of journalism degree in 1917. His first job was with the Marysville (Missouri) Democrat-Forum as advertising manager, but after enlisting in the army in response to World War I, he edited Camp and Trench, a newsletter at Camp Taylor, Kentucky. He then worked briefly for the Wyoming State Tribune at Cheyenne before moving to the Texas Panhandle in August 1918 and taking a job as telegraph editor of the Amarillo Daily News. This started a long association with the publishers Joseph E. Nunn and his son, J. Lindsay Nunn. Warren became city editor and then managing editor. In 1921 he met Alvah Dorothy Meyer, the newly appointed society editor of the Daily News. They were married on October 2, 1923. They had two sons; a daughter died only a few weeks after birth. After the sale of the Amarillo Daily News to Eugene Howe and associates in 1926, Warren was made secretary-treasurer and general manager of the newly formed Nunn-Warren Publishing Company, a newspaper chain of ten papers serving much of the Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. One of the papers in that chain was the Borger News-Herald, begun two weeks after the founding of the oil boom town. The corporation was split in 1932, and Warren retained the papers in Panhandle, Hereford, Friona, Borger, and Spearman. Warren himself edited the Panhandle Herald. Midway in his career, beginning in the late 1930s, he gradually disposed of his newspapers and entered the banking field, heading banks in Panhandle and Borger by the early 1940s.

Warren's major public interests were newspapers and history, and he collected a large library on these subjects. He was a charter member of the Amarillo Area Foundation and received many journalistic honors and awards, among them the award of merit from the American Association for State and Local History. Among the numerous organizations of which he was a life member were the Texas State Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, the National Editorial Association, the Texas Press Association, the Missouri State Historical Society, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society; at one time or another, he held the office of president or vice president in several of these societies. Warren was also active in academic affairs and in 1944 was appointed to the University of Texas board of regents, on which he served two six-year terms. He was credited with hastening the establishment of the journalism library and the construction of the journalism building. In 1948 he anonymously established the Texas Journalism Scholarship Fund and also gave a $20,000 endowment to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In addition, Warren gave life and annual memberships in the various historical societies, not only to his sons and grandchildren, but also to numerous students interested in pursuing that subject. He died on January 23, 1958, in Amarillo and was buried there in Llano Cemetery. At his death, the Texas Journalism Scholarship Fund was renamed the David M. Warren and Alvah Warren Journalism Scholarship Fund in his memory.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Texas Collection, January 1959. Jo Stewart Randel, ed., A Time to Purpose: A Chronicle of Carson County (4 vols., Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1966–72).

Olin Hinkle

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Olin Hinkle, "WARREN, DAVID MATHIAS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwa58), accessed August 29, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.