Louis L’Amour, Author, received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award on May 26, 1972

The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award recognizes present or former North Dakotans who have been influenced by this state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.

Recipients of the award are chosen by the Governor, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State and the Director of the State Historical Society.

Louis L’Amour – Author

An award winning western author and screenwriter, Louis L’Amour published more than 400 short stories and over 100 novels. He wrote 65 TV scripts, and sold over 30 stories to the motion picture industry, including “Hondo”, starring John Wayne.

L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, on March 22, 1908.  He attended grade school at Historic Franklin School.  At 15, he joined a circus and later worked in mining and lumber camps. He was a prizefighter and traveled throughout the world. During World War II, he was an officer in the Army Tank Corps. He was a self-educated man, whose hobbies included archaeology and the study of wildlife.

L’Amour’s books have been translated into ten languages. He produced the movie “Catlow,” along with writing for the film screen. In addition to his prose, he has also written a volume of poetry entitled Smoke From the Altar.

Presented: May 26, 1972
Portrait Painted By: Vern Skaug

Story & Image from North Dakota Office of the Governor

Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award