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Robert W. Shook

HUSON, HOBART, JR. (1893–1983). Hobart Huson, Jr., attorney, historian, and Texana collector, son of Hobart and Kathleen (Lancaster) Huson, was born on September 6, 1893, in San Antonio, Texas. After studying law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, he settled at Refugio, from where his practice extended to San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, and other cities. He also owned a newspaper at Sinton for a short time. Sometime before 1916 he married Minnie Rachael Price. They had one daughter. After his wife's death he later remarried.

Historical research and writing were Huson's abiding interest. At Dawgwood, his home in Refugio, he assembled one of the most extensive Texana libraries in the state. His collection, which included records of general Texas history, Refugio County data, law books, and maps, comprised around 20,000 volumes. A small chapel, modeled after Gloria Dei Church in Philadelphia, complimented the estate. Huson was an Episcopalian, and the church finally purchased the chapel.

In 1940, with war imminent, Huson and Allen Driscoll Rooke organized the Royal Irish Regiment of Refugio County, a precursor of the Texas State Guard. Huson ultimately attained the rank of general in the state guard. Through the years he served as state president of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Order of San Jacinto, and the Yanaguana Society, chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias in San Antonio, president of the Refugio County bar, commander of the Refugio American Legion Post, and an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of 1812. He also served as director of the San Antonio Genealogical Society. He established the Abe Lincoln Law School, which later provided the nucleus of the St. Mary's Law School Library. In 1940 Huson ran for governor against incumbent W. Lee O'Daniel.

He wrote several books, including El Copano, the Ancient Port of Bexar and La Bahia (1935), Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (two volumes, 1953–55), and Captain Phillip Dimmitt's Commandancy of Goliad, 1835–1836 (1974). He edited Pythagaron: The Religious, Moral and Ethical Teachings of Pythagoras (1947) and A Composite of Known Versions of the Journal of Dr. Joseph H. Barnard (1949). Two volumes of speeches also remain from his long and productive life. Huson died on October 24, 1983, at Refugio and is buried at San José Cemetery in San Antonio.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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