HOGAN, WILLIAM RANSOM (1908–1971). William Ransom Hogan, historian, was born in Toledo, Ohio, on November 23, 1908, the son of Lemuel Ransom and Irene (Logan) Hogan. He attended Trinity University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1929, and the University of Texas, where he earned his M.A. in 1932 and his Ph.D. in 1942. He taught at Ranger Junior College and High School from 1929 to 1931, and from 1935 to 1938 he was a historian with the National Park Service. He was an archivist at Louisiana State University from 1938 to 1942; from 1942 to 1945 he was in military intelligence with the United States Army; he attained the rank of captain before returning to LSU to become head of the archives there in 1946. In that same year he became an associate professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. In 1946 Hogan published his influential The Texas Republic: A Social and Economic History, an authoritative account of early Texas history and a standard source of information on the republic. With Edwin A. Davis, Hogan edited William Johnson's Natchez (1951), and together they wrote The Barber of Natchez (1954). With his wife, Jane, Hogan edited Tales from the Manchaca Hills (1960). He was a professor at Tulane University from 1947 until his death and served for many years as chairman of the history department. He was a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1962–63. He married Mrs. Jane Carpenter Ogg on June 20, 1949. He died in New Orleans on September 25, 1971. The Olympia Band provided the music at his funeral in New Orleans, and he was buried at Live Oak Cemetery near Austin.
Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Frank Wardlaw, "In Memoriam: William R. Hogan," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 75 (January 1972). Who's Who in America, 1968–69.
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