Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996



Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996


Bio: Ralph Webster Yarborough (b. June 8, 1903, Chandler, Tex.-d. Jan. 27, 1996, Austin, Tex.), U.S. Senator from Texas, attended West Point and the Sam Houston State Teachers College, taught school in Texas, and spent one year in Germany as assistant secretary for the American Chamber of Commerce. He served in the Texas National Guard for three years before graduating from the University of Texas law school in 1927. He was assistant attorney general of Texas in the early 1930s and was elected district judge in Austin, serving for five years in that post. From 1943 to 1946, Yarborough served in the Army ground forces in Europe and Japan, rising to lieutenant colonel. He was elected as a Democrat to the Senate in 1957, serving until 1971. Senator Yarborough remained active after leaving the Senate; among other things he was a member, of the State library and archives commission of Texas in the 1980s.


Senator Ralph Yarborough and President Lyndon B. Johnson, White House exterior, 7/1/1964. Photo # 32756-1. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library. Public domain.


LBJ Connection: US Senator, Texas, 1957-1971; Donor of campaign speeches and other materials related to the 1964 presidential campaign