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Dale L. Walker
American historian

Dale L. Walker

Dale L. Walker
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Intro American historian
Is Writer Historian Biographer
From United States of America
Field Literature Science Social science
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1935
Age 88 years
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Dale L. Walker (born 1935), an award-winning American writer, was born in Decatur, Illinois, but has spent most of his life in El Paso, Texas. The author of twenty-three books, he has also served as a television reporter, editor, news and information officer, university press director, freelance writer, biographer, and historian. He is past president of Western Writers of America (WWA).


As a boy growing up in the farm town of Decatur, Illinois, Walker was inspired by the writings of Jack London, and has written extensively about the author. Walker began his writing career by working for his high school newspaper, and found various journalistic jobs throughout his youth. He enlisted in the navy at 18 and upon discharge visited his father, a career army sergeant, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned his degree in journalism within three years. By then he had married Alice McCord, fathered the first of five children, and earned a number of freelance publishing credits.

Writing career

Walker's freelance writing career began in earnest in 1960 while a college student working part-time at a television reporting job in El Paso. He wrote frequently for newspapers and magazines. His work, close to 2,000 published pieces, has appeared in 130 periodicals.

His first big break came in 1967 when his mentor, the late Richard O'Connor, invited him to collaborate on a biography of radical journalist John Reed. Harcourt, Brace and World published the work as The Lost Revolutionary, which was reviewed by The New York Times. Walker waited 36 years for his second New York Times review, this one for his gold rush book, Eldorado, in 2003.

Walker has also written pre-Civil War history as well as western and military history. His book, Mary Edwards Walker: Above and Beyond (2005) is a biography of the Civil War, his The Boys of '98: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders (1998) has received high praise as has his Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California (1999), which tells of events that led to the annexation of California in 1846 when the territory was a Mexican province, and Pacific Destiny: The Three-Century Journey to the Oregon Country (2000), which won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, as have three additional Walker works.

The historian-biographer states that his best writings have been biographies such as Januarius MacGahan The Life and Campaigns of an American War Correspondent (1988), which he regards as his best book.

Walker is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Author's Guild as well as Western Writers of America, Inc.

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