Mayborn, Ward Carlton (1879–1958)

By: DeWitt C. Reddick

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: March 1, 1995

Ward Carlton Mayborn, publisher, was born on October 10, 1879, in Kinsman, Ohio, the son of Leroy and Lura (Burns) Mayborn. He worked as an advertising copywriter for a lumber company in Akron, Ohio, then joined the staff of that city's edition of the Cleveland Press in 1898, thus beginning an association with the E. W. Scripps (later Scripps-Howard) newspapers that lasted thirty years. By 1911 his work on various newspapers had established Mayborn as one of the leading businessmen in the Scripps-Howard national organization.

He moved to Texas in 1919, when he became business manager of the Dallas Dispatch and the Houston Press, both under Scripps ownership. In 1922 he founded the Fort Worth Press and the El Paso Herald-Post; until 1929 he was Southwest manager for the Scripps-Howard newspapers. During this period other Scripps-Howard newspapers in Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, and Omaha were assigned to his management. In 1925 he designed and built a building for the Fort Worth Press and in 1927 planned and built a new home for the Houston Press. In 1929 he left the Scripps-Howard organization to become a publisher in his own right. With his sons, he purchased the Temple Daily Telegram. From 1930 to 1937 he was publisher of the Baltimore (Maryland) News American.

Mayborn was often called upon to maneuver production economics to strengthen newspapers during the Great Depression; to do this he guided mechanical mergers in cities around the country. From 1941 to 1945 he served as assistant to publisher Marshall Field in founding the Chicago Sun and carrying the newspaper through its critical first years. When his son purchased the Sherman Democrat in 1945, he returned to Texas to become publisher of that newspaper. He remained there until shortly before his death. While publishing the Democrat, Mayborn was a leader in the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and served as chairman of its education committee; he was instrumental in organizing a program of summer internships for college journalism students and semiannual press seminars at the University of Texas. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, a professional association of newsmen.

Mayborn married Nellie Childs Welton in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 3, 1900, and they had three children. Nellie died in 1928, and Mayborn married Norma Brown on June 6, 1942. He died in Sherman, Texas, on March 1, 1958.

Dallas Morning News, March 2, 1958. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

DeWitt C. Reddick, “Mayborn, Ward Carlton,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995