WEEKS, OLIVER DOUGLAS
WEEKS, OLIVER DOUGLAS (1896–1970). Oliver Douglas Weeks, authority on American, Southern, and Texas politics, was born in Marion, Ohio, on September 4, 1896, the son of Dana Oliver and Gertrude (Douglas) Weeks. Weeks earned a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1918 and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1919. He taught political science at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, from 1920 to 1922 and then returned to the University of Wisconsin to earn a Ph.D. in 1924. He was a teaching assistant in political science at that university from 1922 to 1924 before going to the University of Texas as an instructor of government, 1924–25. After a brief interval at Western Reserve University, 1925–26, Weeks returned to Texas as associate professor in 1926, and taught there until his retirement in 1966. He married Julien Elizabeth Devereux on June 21, 1927; they had two children. Weeks became a full professor of government in 1933 and was chairman of the government department from 1930 to 1931, from 1935 to 1947, and from 1950 to 1957. He took a leave of absence, 1945–46, to teach at Shrivenham American University in Shrivenham, England, and at Biarritz American University at Biarritz, France. Weeks was a member of the American Political Science Association, the Southwestern Social Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association. He was the first president of the Southwestern Political Science Association (1963), book review editor of the Southwestern Social Science Quarterlyqv from 1926 to 1945, and a frequent contributor of articles to publications of the University of Texas Institute of Public Affairs and other professional journals. Widely known for his books on national and regional politics, he wrote The Democratic Victory of 1932 (1933), Two Legislative Houses or One (1938), Research in the American State Legislative Process (1947), Texas Presidential Politics in 1952 (1953), and Texas One-Party Politics in 1956 (1957). Weeks was a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He died in Austin on October 30, 1970, and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.
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