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The Governor and the Colonel: A Look Back at Texas’ Premier Power Couple

carleton_7473_f20_c.jpgYou are invited to this signature (virtual) event with author Don Carleton to explore his newest book The Governor and the Colonel – A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby. The event is part of the Hobby School’s Women’s History Month activities in March to highlight gender diversity in public service and is co-sponsored by the Hobby School and the UH Center for Public History. A proud UH alum, Carleton will be interviewed by Hobby School Dean Kirk Watson. Q&A will follow the discussion.


Event Details

Tuesday, March 9, 5-5:45 pm. Via Zoom

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The event discussion will tackle the couple’s impact on local, state and national events; and how their marriage and media empire helped shape 20th century journalistic and political history. Col. Oveta Culp Hobby was the first woman to be sworn into the U.S. Army, the first director of the Women’s Army Corps and the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1919, it was Governor Hobby who signed the Texas Woman Suffrage Resolution even before the U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment, establishing (white) women’s right to vote.

Book Details

Publisher: University of Texas Press
Series: Tower Books Imprint
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
ISBN-10 :0999731858
More information about the book here.

Author Details

doncarleton1.jpgDr. Don Carleton is the executive director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Carleton is the author of twelve books, including Red Scare, A Breed So Rare, Struggle for Justice, and Conversations with Cronkite. He is also the executive producer of two PBS documentaries: When I Rise (2010) and Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill (2016). 

Prior to the creation of the Briscoe Center, Carleton served as founding director of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), where he was the founding editor of the Houston Review. He has been honored with membership in The Texas Institute of Letters, the Austin Headliners Club and the Philosophical Society of Texas. In 2015, the Texas Democracy Foundation honored him with its Bernard Rapoport Award. A native of Dallas, Texas, Carleton earned his doctorate in U.S. history at the University of Houston.