In Memoriam: Jack English Hightower (1926-2013)

One of Poage Legislative Library’s best friends, Judge Jack Hightower, passed away last week.  He had struggled for several years with failing health following two falls. Even though he slowly recovered from broken bones, other health issues eventually took their toll. I first met Judge Hightower in the early 1990s when he was on the…

We’re on TV!

This past weekend, our own W.R. Poage Distinguished Chair for Public Service, former Rep. Chet Edwards was on American HistoryTV on C-SPAN. Here is the description from the program guide: Former U.S. Representatives Chet Edwards, Jim Kolbe, and Vic Snyder join Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer to discuss how political history is documented in Congressional…

Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrate Bob Bullock’s birthday!  The late Lt. Governor would have been 84 today.  He was born on July 10, 1929, in Hillsboro, Texas at 4:10am and named Robert “Bobby” Douglas Bullock.  These details come from one of my favorite items in the Bullock Archive, Gov. Bullock’s baby book.  His mother, Ruth Mitchell Bullock, carefully…

Step inside our Book Vault, Part 2

 “I think it’s natural for a child to be more interested in personalities than events.” -Judge Jack E. Hightower Welcome to a new installment in our Book Vault series.  The Jack E. Hightower Book Vault holds many rare and collectable books along with many other special items from our collections.  Today’s installment focuses on our…

What’s in a phrase?

  Can you think of some examples of famous, maybe even infamous, political catch-phrases? In modern Texas politics, one that comes to mind is Bob Bullock’s signature slogan: God Bless Texas From 1991 to 1999 an estimated one million-plus bumper stickers were mailed to Texans with Mr. Bullock’s signature catch-phrase.  Where did it come from? …

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