Pick up a book in the Texas Biography Series and you’ll get to know a remarkable Texan. Published by TCU Press and funded by a generous grant from the Houston Endowment, these cutting-edge scholarly works focus on individuals who lacked a quality modern biography exploring their significant role in historic events. Click on any cover below to learn more!
Emily Austin of Texas, 1795-1851
By Light Townsend Cummins
Winner: 2010 Texas State Historical Association Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women
In this insightful biography, Light Townsend Cummins turns the historical spotlight on Emily Austin, the daughter who followed the trails of the western frontier to Texas, where she saw the burgeoning young colony erupt in revolution, establish a proud republic, and usher in the period of antebellum statehood. Despite her ties to influential family members, including her brother Stephen F. Austin, Emily’s determined spirit allowed her to live on her own terms.
Edmund J. Davis was not only a part of the political elite during the Civil War, but he also opposed secession. He refused to follow most of Texas’ leaders and actively opposed the Confederacy by attempting to bring Texas back to the Union.
After the war, Davis was a leader in reconstructing the state based on true free labor and pursued progressive and egalitarian policies as governor of Texas. Through the entire reconstruction process Davis faced extreme Confederate hostility. After leaving the governor’s mansion an unpopular man and politician, he still remained dedicated to changing Texas.
Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas
By Richard McCaslin
Winner: 2012 Texas State Historical Association Kate Broocks Bates Award for Historical Research
Author Richard McCaslin reveals Ford as a man spurred on by the legacy of his nation-building grandfathers and his own strong convictions and energy to become a force in shaping Texas as a Southern state before and after the Civil War. Ford’s battles as a Ranger, and as a leader of Texas’ military forces allied with the Confederacy, were only part of his legacy in Texas history. He was also a physician, lawyer, and the editor of several newspapers, and among his many roles in politics and civil service were multiple terms as a state legislator and the mayoralty of Austin and Brownsville. Later in life, he fought to preserve Texas history and wrote his own extensive memoirs. McCaslin’s in-depth historical detail paints a full picture of this famous Texan, a fighter not only on the battlefield, but on the civic and political fields as well.