Abstract: Thinking Things Over: Vermont Royster's Legacy at the Wall Street Journal

Chris Roush


Vermont Royster, editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1971 and a columnist for the paper for more than 30 years, is considered by many to be one of the best columnists of the 20th century. Yet his career and accomplishments are nearly forgotten less than 30 years after his last column. An examination of Royster’s career shows how he influenced The Journal and its approach during a critical time in its growth and how he affected the world of business journalism. Despite The Journal’s often-conservative editorial page approach, Royster advocated for and wrote editorials that called for the U.S. to exit the Vietnam War and for the paper to support Brown v. Broad of Education.