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Louis P. Cashman, Jr.

 


1917-1987

 

The Vicksburg Post
Inducted June 21, 2002

 

Louis P. Cashman, Jr., was a grandson of the founder of The Vicksburg Evening Post. Affiliated with the newspaper from an early age, he first worked in advertising sales, as payroll clerk and business manager before becoming editor and publisher after the death of his father in 1961. He continued in that position until 1984.

The Vicksburg Evening Post received many awards for editorial excellence during the 23 years Cashman served at its helm. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for publishing under pressure of a deadline after a tornado wrecked downtown Vicksburg, killing 39, on Dec. 5, 1953. He also guided the newspaper’s conversion from letterpress to offset and later from manual or electric typewriter to computer-based news systems.

He served as president of the Mississippi Press Association, following his father and grandfather in that role, and as a director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. He was also named Man of the Year in Vicksburg in 1970 by the Vicksburg Jaycees.

Cashman served as a director on man boards, including First National Bank of Vicksburg, Vicksburg Bridge Commission, Warren County Port Commission, Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Vicksburg YMCA, and the United Way. He also volunteered for Easter Seals, the American Cancer Society, and March of Dimes.

He was a combat veteran of World War II, serving as first lieutenant in the Sixth Armored Division of the U.S. Army in Frances and German.

He was a staunch advocate of the free press and expressed this in his testimony when the newspaper sued the City of Vicksburg in 1982 under the Mississippi Open Meetings Act, that the credibility of its news columns is a newspaper’s stock in trade.

For its efforts in the case, which the newspaper eventually lost at the Mississippi Supreme Court, Cashman was presented the Margaret Dixon Award by the Associated Press.

Cashman was married to France Marion Reid. They had three children, Louis Patrick Cashman, III, Anne Conway Cashman, and Marie Louis Cashman, who died in 1987.

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