Louis Sossamon

The Gaffney Ledger
Gaffney, SC

Destined to be publisher: A family history in Gaffney

Sossamon recalls his roots at The Gaffney Ledger and how times have changed in the newspaper business.

Video Interview

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Born: June 2, 1921 in Gaffney, SC
Died: Feb. 11, 2019

Newspaper History:

  • Started at the Gaffney Ledger, 1950
  • Purchased the Gaffney Ledger from his father and became publisher, 1968
  • Retired from the Gaffney Ledger, 1999

Honors and Awards:

  • Won the SCPA’s Freedom of Information Award, 1962
  • President of SCPA, 1968
  • Inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame, 1968
  • Inducted into the SC Athletic Hall of Fame, 1974

Education: 1939-1942 University of South Carolina 

Military Service: Navy (2.5 Years)

Family: Was married to Kathryn Edgerton Sossamon (now deceased), three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren

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