A Guide to the Ben Z. Grant Papers, undated
Born in 1939, Benjamin Z. Grant earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. Grant worked as an aide for State Representative Cread L. Ray before succeeding him in the Texas House of Representatives for the Third Congressional District from 1971 to 1981. Following his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Grant served as judge of the 71st Judicial District Court in Marshall (1981-1984) and of the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texakana (1985-2003). Vice-president of the Harrison County Historical Museum Board and executive board member of the Texas State Historical Association, he also wrote a column, "The History around Us," for the Marshall News Messenger, starting in 1998. Furthermore, Grant published several books and plays, including The Kingfish with Larry L. King (1992) and The Wolf Has No Pillow (2009).
The Ben Z. Grant Papers, undated, consist of chapters from Grant and Bill Kidd’s unpublished book, Sine Die: The Last Day of the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1974. The chapters discuss the motivation for a new constitution, issues debated by delegates of the Convention, the actions of Speaker of the House Price Daniel, Jr., and opinions of legislators and citizens.
This collection is open for research use.
Ben Z. Grant and Bill Kidd retain copyright of unpublished material.
Ben Z. Grant Papers, undated, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers