(Jan. 16, 1914-Jan. 23, 1985). A native of Brooklyn, New York, Campaigne received an A.B. degree from Williams College in 1936. He first came to the attention of Eugene C. Pulliam in 1945 after writing a provocative Saturday Evening Post article, “What’s the Matter with the USA?” Pulliam hired Campaigne in 1946, first as the Indianapolis Star chief editorial writer, then editor of the editorial page, and eventually editor (1960-1969).

While at the Star, Campaigne was known for forceful argument and keen insight. He warned about what he saw as excessive government growth, increasing taxation, overregulation, and rampant bureaucracy. Campaigne espoused a “new conservatism” promoting liberty, individualism, creativity, productivity, and limited government.

Campaigne retired from the Star in 1969. After four years of retirement in California, the New York Daily News asked him to serve as editorial page editor from 1973 to 1976 due to the unexpected sudden retirement of the paper’s former editor. He was the author of two books, American Might And Soviet Myth (1960) and Check-Off (1961), and edited several others.

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