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A Breed So Rare: The Life of J.R. Parten, Liberal Texas Oil Man, 1896-1992


A resource for teachers, this book tells the fascinating story of Partens life, from small town East Texas at the turn of the century to the capitals of the world. Little known during his lifetime, he remains a relatively anonymous figure despite the fact that he played a number of historically significant roles in Texas and the nation, and counted numerous bigger-than-life characters as colleagues, associates, and friends: Huey Long, Sam Rayburn, John Henry Faulk, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Harry Truman, among others.

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