Hardeman, D. Barnard, Jr., 1914-1981



Hardeman, D. Barnard, Jr., 1914-1981


Bio: D. Barnard Hardeman, Jr., (b. August 16, 1914, Goliad, Texas-d. December 3, 1981, San Antonio, Texas), Texas politician, political scholar, journalist and teacher. He graduated from the University of Texas and the University of Texas Law School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the 52nd and 54th Legislatures representing Grayson and Collin counties in the Texas House of Representatives. Between 1958 and 1961, he worked as an assistant to Sam Rayburn, U.S. Speaker of the House, and was Rayburn's official biographer. An avid bibliophile whose book collection numbered more than ten thousand volumes, Hardeman bequeathed his collection of American biographies and political history to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.


L-R: Dr. Richard Fenno, D. B. Hardeman. Lecture by Dr. Richard Fenno, Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, Texas, 4/25/1980. Photo # b7021-12 by Frank Wolfe. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.


LBJ Connection: Research Assistant to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Administrative assistant to U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs; Member of President Johnson's "5 O'Clock Club"