70 years ago today - May 5, 1952

Merlo J. Pusey is the first actively Mormon recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Charles Evans Hughes. Other LDS recipients are John M. Hightower (1952, international reporting), Robert D. Mullins (1962, local reporting), Jack Anderson (1972, national reporting), Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1991, history 'A Midwife's Tale'), Steve Benson (1993, editorial cartoons). In 1952 Pusey also receives the nation's most prestigious history award (the Bancroft Prize), also to Richard L. Bushman (1968, 'From Puritan to Yankee') and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1991). Also, Virginia Sorensen, Newbery Medal (1957, American Library Association for 'Miracles on Maple Hill'), Josefina Febres Cordero (1977, Argentina's Woman of the Year for her autobiography 'La Puerta Azul' [The Blue Door]), and May Swenson (1979, Bollingen Prize in poetry). Orson Scott Card is the recipient of the highest U.S. awards in science fiction: "Nebula" from the Science Fiction Writers of America (1986, 'Ender's Game'), Nebula and also a "Hugo" from the World Science Fiction Society (1987, 'Speaker for the Dead'), and a Hugo (1988, 'Eye for Eye').

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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