W. Lee O'Daniel biography

W. Lee O'Daniel

U.S. Congressperson

1890 – 1969

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Who was W. Lee O'Daniel?

Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel was a conservative Democratic Party politician from Texas, who came to prominence by hosting a popular radio program. Known for his populist appeal, Pappy O'Daniel was the governor of Texas and later its junior U.S. senator. He was also the only person ever to have defeated Lyndon B. Johnson in an election. O'Daniel was also a songwriter who composed "Beautiful Texas".

The 2000 Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou featured a character loosely based on O'Daniel, although set in Mississippi.

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Born
Mar 11, 1890
Malta
Spouses
Religion
  • Baptists
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Fort Worth
Died
May 11, 1969
Dallas

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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