Hugh B. Patterson Jr.

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Hugh B. Patterson Jr. was the editor and publisher of the Arkansas Gazette newspaper from November 1948 to December 1986.

Hugh Patterson Jr. was born in Cotton Plant, Mississippi, on February 8, 1915. He attended public school in Pine Bluff, and worked in the offices of the Adams Lithographic and Printing Company. Patterson graduated from Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia. After graduating he studied the graphic arts in New York and Washington, DC. He married Louise Heiskell, daughter of Gazette president and editor J. N. Heiskell, on March 29, 1944. The couple has two sons: Carrick H. Patterson and Ralph B. Patterson.

Patterson is a former president of the Little Rock Urban Progress Association.


  • Noel E. Oman, "Hugh Patterson, Chief of Arkansas Gazette for 38 Years, Dies at 91," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, May 30, 2006.

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