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Sixty-five years later, Richardson's impressive first effort
on the Comanche Indians was still listed as one of the top
50 books on Texas history, demonstrating the timeless-
ness and quality of the scholarship and writing.
Emphasizing that point, former THC colleague, Shirley
Caldwell offers a very recent example of that lasting influ-
ence. "In Empire of the Summer Moon, published in 2010,
author S.C. Gwynne praises Richardson's research on the
Comanche Indians. There is no doubt that present-day
historians are still using the knowledge that Richardson
Sr, provided. His hand practically reaches from the grave to
- -help younger historians."
As Richardson's career advanced, his modest Baptist
school of higher learning also continued to grow and
expand. In 1935, Simmons College became Hardin-
Simmons University. From 1938 to 1940, Richardson
served as executive vice president for the university but
declined the presidency in 1940 in order to complete
' -his work on Texas: The Lone Star State. First published
in 1943, this book was updated in numerous editions and
remained the leading college textbook on Texas history
into the mid-1980s.
Once Lone Star was completed, Richardson again as-
:.. sumed a leadership position at Hardin-Simmons and
served as acting president and then president from 1943-
1953. He took the post during World War II, when the
campus lost many students and teachers to military ser-
vice. After the conflict ended, the campus was overrun
with students, thanks to the GI Bill, and Dr. Richardson
S3 oversaw the expansion of the faculty.
Left, top to bottom: Although they first lived in a log cabin, the
. " Richardson family soon built the large farmhouse pictured here. Rupert
S (on tricyle), sister, Mabel, and his father are shown; Richardson tended
beehives throughout his life; the historian's parents were a life-long
influence on him.
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