The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 310
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the best American liberal thought in reference to the topics with
which they deal. Your handling of the agricultural and cotton prob-
lems is remarkable...."8 Owen D. Young, chairman of the Reparations
Committee of 1929 and member of the National Bureau of Economic
Research and Rockefeller Foundation, informed Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.,
of General Motors that The Texas Weekly was "more widely quoted
by editors than any other review in the United States. He [Molyneaux]
is very sound and courageous."' Other supporters included R. C.
Holmes, president of the Texas Company, and former secretary of
war Newton D. Baker. Within Texas, Molyneaux received support
from Texas political leaders Tom Connally and Coke R. Stevenson,
Ray Leeman, vice-president and general manager of the South Texas
Chamber of Commerce, Lamar Flemming, Jr., of Anderson, Clayton
and Company, and George Sealy, president of the Galveston Wharf
Company.' Upon his death in 1953, the Dallas Morning News called
Molyneaux a "champion of Southern conservatism"' and the New
York Times referred to him as the "Cactus Economist" and a "Horace
Greeley of the Hinterland."' On the other hand, Molyneaux pre-
ferred to be known as "an agitator of economics.., who would further
characterize himself, if pressed to do so, as a serious journalist who is
conscious of the ephemeral character of his product."8
Molyneaux was born in New Orleans on April 18, 1882, and re-
ceived his formal education from New Orleans parochial schools and
the theological school at Meadville, Pennsylvania. The journalist began
his career as a reporter for the Philadelphia Record in 191 . Plagued
by ill health, he moved to Texas in 1913 and joined the staff of the
San Antonio Express. The following year Molyneaux served as a
reporter for the Houston Post and from 1915 to 1924 he was chief
editorial writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. From 1924 until
his death on January 9, 1953, Peter Molyneaux published a number
of magazines. After four years of private publishing he assumed the
editorship of Bunker's Monthly, later The Texas Monthly. In 193o
sButler to Molyneaux, August 7, 1937, Peter Molyneaux Collection (Archives, Univer-
sity of Texas Library, Austin). Unless otherwise indicated all letters cited are from the
,'Young to Sloan, Jr., December 21, 1937.
6Molyneaux to Butler, August 3, 1937; Stevenson to Molyneaux, June 23, 1932; Leeman
to Molyneaux, June 16, g1932; Sealy to Molyneaux, October 11, 1934; Holmes to Molyneaux,
June 6, 1932; Baker to Molyneaux, March 17, 1934.
'Dallas Morning News, January 11, 1953.
'New York Times, January ix, 1953.
*Journal (Dallas), April 22, 1936.
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