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A Guide to the J. Howard Marshall, II, Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1980 (bulk 1950s-1960s)
Born in Pennsylvania, James Howard Marshall, II (1905-1995) graduated from the Yale Law School in 1931 and went on to specialize as an oil industry attorney. Eventually winding up in Houston, Texas, he served as president and vice president for numerous oil and energy companies, including the Ashland Oil and Refining Company, Signal Oil & Gas, and Union Texas Petroleum. He founded Marshall Petroleum in 1984.
In 1931, Marshall married Eleanor Pierce, with whom he had sons James Howard, III, and Everett Pierce Marshall. After divorcing in 1961, he married Bettye Bohannon (d. 1991). In 1994, Marshall married future actress Anna Nicole Smith. After his death the next year, his widow and his sons made headlines in a legal battle over Marshall's billion-dollar estate.
The J. Howard Marshall, II, Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1980s (bulk 1950s-1960s) contain business and personal papers, including daybooks, legal records, publications, reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, school notebooks, and financial ledgers and records. These shed light on his involvement in the Fund for the Republic, National Petroleum Council, Frontier Refining Company, Department of the Interior, and numerous other petroleum and federal organizations, as well as his years spent at the Yale Law School.
This collection is open for research use.
J. Howard Marshall, II, Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1980 (bulk 1950s-1960s), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.