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The Resource A breed so rare : the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992, Don E. Carleton

A breed so rare : the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992, Don E. Carleton

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A breed so rare : the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992
Title
A breed so rare
Title remainder
the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992
Statement of responsibility
Don E. Carleton
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Through numerous interviews and unlimited access to Parten's personal papers, the author tells the story of Parten's life, from small-town East Texas at the turn of the century to the capitals of the world. After studying at the University of Texas from 1913 to 1917, he served in World War I as the youngest major in the field artillery. He entered the oil business in 1919 and was a true pioneer in the industry, establishing numerous energy businesses that earned millions of dollars and employed thousands of people
  • A lifelong Democrat of moderately liberal cast, Parten was a player in state and national politics, often crusading on the liberal and losing side of elections and issues. In 1950 he helped establish the Fund for the Republic in an effort to counter threats to basic civil liberties during the red scare of the 1950s. His support for the Texas Observer and for sometimes unpopular politicians and ideas, brought important liberal ideas to the local and national stage. As a generous philanthropist and political activist - often behind the scenes - Parten supported world peace and opposed nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war
  • While serving on the University of Texas Board of Regents from 1935 to 1941, Parten used his knowledge of the oil business to greatly increase the university's income from its oil holdings, and fought tenaciously for academic excellence and freedom of speech for students and faculty. When democracy was threatened during World War II, Parten was a dominant figure in the development of the "Big Inch" and "Little Inch" pipelines, which stretched from East Texas to the East Coast and provided critical fuel for the victorious Allied war effort. In 1945 Parten served as chief of staff for the U.S. delegation to the Allied War Reparations Commission in Moscow and later participated in the Potsdam Conference in Berlin
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 338.7/6223382/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F391.4.P265
LC item number
C37 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A breed so rare : the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992, Don E. Carleton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 576-585) and index
Control code
38438890
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
668 p.
Isbn
9780876111666
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98014630
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Inscribed presentation copy from Randy Parten for Molly Ivins, Sept. 1998. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.
Label
A breed so rare : the life of J.R. Parten, liberal Texas oil man, 1896-1992, Don E. Carleton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 576-585) and index
Control code
38438890
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
668 p.
Isbn
9780876111666
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98014630
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Inscribed presentation copy from Randy Parten for Molly Ivins, Sept. 1998. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.

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