This Week In Texas History


May 2015 - Week 1                                               AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

SOLDIER, AGGIE, TEXAN

This Week In Texas History...

MAY 1910 AND A HEROIC AGGIE IS BORN.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY
REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL
LAND OFFICE.


MAY 6, 1910. EDEN. JAMES EARL RUDDER HAD A HUMBLE START. A HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL STAR BEFORE GOING TO TEXAS A&M, HE BECAME AN ARMY OFFICER
UPON GRADUATION. HE MARRIED, AND TOOK A JOB AS FOOTBALL COACH. THEN
THE WAR CAME.


ON D-DAY, RUDDER’S RANGERS SCALED THE NORMANDY CLIFFS UNDER HEAVY
FIRE AND SECURED VICTORY. WOUNDED TWICE, HE NEARLY DIED.


A MILITARY HERO BACK HOME, RUDDER WAS ASKED TO STEP IN AS LAND
COMMISSIONER AFTER THE VETERANS LAND BOARD SCANDAL. RUDDER CLEANED
HOUSE, AND RESTORED THE PROGRAM.


PRESIDENT OF A&M IN 1965, RUDDER TOOK THE SCHOOL CO-ED AND MADE IT INTO
A WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY. IN ‘67, LBJ AWARDED RUDDER THE DISTINGUISHED
SERVICE MEDAL.


JAMES EARL RUDDER WAS BORN, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.
LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.


William N. Todd IV and Gerald Knape, "RUDDER, JAMES EARL," Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fru06), accessed April 23, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.


"James Earl Rudder Statue," Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu/about/attractions/rudderStatue.html),
accessed April 23, 2015.


Garry Mauro, Land Commissioners of Texas (Austin: Texas General Land Office, 1986).


Kent Biffle, "From D-Day to JFK, Rudder was there," The Dallas Morning News, Saturday, June 5, 2004
(http://inthenews.unt.edu/sites/default/files/PDF/2004/6/6/06_06_2004_DMN_FromDDay.pdf),
accessed April 23, 2015.