Meet the Author: David Gracy

6:30 PM
November 14, 2019
Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe St.
Meet the Author: David Gracy

From Austin’s first “skyscraper” to a fountain on the University grounds, George Littlefield’s name is likely more widely known than the man himself. Join the Austin History Center and Dr. David B. Gracy for a discussion about his latest book, A Man Absolutely Sure of Himself: Texan George Washington Littlefield. Gracy will provide insight into this prominent Texas figure, focusing on his impact on Austin. A book signing will follow the event and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Book

This is the first full biography of George Washington Littlefield, the Texas and New Mexico rancher, Austin banker and businessman, University of Texas regent, and philanthropist. In just two decades, Littlefield’s business acumen vaulted him from debt to inclusion in 1892 on the first list of American millionaires. A Man Absolutely Sure of Himself is a grand retelling of the life of a highly successful entrepreneur and Austin civic leader, whose work affected spheres from ranching and banking to civic development and academia.

Littlefield’s cattle operations during the open range and early ranching periods spanned a domain in New Mexico and Texas larger than the states of Delaware and Connecticut combined. In a unique contribution to ranching art, Littlefield commissioned murals and bronze doors depicting scenes from his ranches to decorate Austin’s American National Bank, which he led for its first twenty-eight years.

Littlefield played a central role in advancing Austin from a cattleman’s town into the business center it wanted to become. His Littlefield Building, the tallest office building between New Orleans and San Francisco when it was built, served for a generation as the prime location of the town’s business community.

Author David B. Gracy II, a relative of Littlefield, grounds his vivid prose in a lifetime of research into archival and family sources. His comprehensive biography illuminates an exceptional figure, whose life singularly illustrates the evolution of Texas from Southern to Western to American.

About the Author

David B. Gracy II is the Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin and author of Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912–1920, Sunrise! Governor Bill Daniel and the Second Liberation of Guam, and Moses Austin: His Life.

Meet the Author events provide an opportunity to hear a writer read their work aloud and discuss it with an audience.

Listen to writers read their work aloud and discuss it with an audience.
6:30 PM
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Austin History Center
512-974-7480 | 810 Guadalupe St.
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