Former U.S. Congressman Charles Stenholm visited the Dick Smith Library on Monday, May 4. The Library recently received the desk Mr. Stenholm used while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Texas' then-District 17 from 1979 to 2005. Library staff put some of his memorabilia on display along with the desk in the Special Collections Suite on the lower level of the library. The photo shows Stenholm sitting in his former office chair at his desk in the library.
The Library also has Stenholm's legislative papers, which Collections Archivist Gary Spurr is working on indexing and describing.
Mr. Stenholm is a 1959 graduate of Tarleton, which at that time was a two-year college. He majored in Agricultural Education and served as his class vice-president. He was tied for #3 in Honor Points, and a member of the Barons. He was President of the Tarleton "T" Association (athletes who have earned a letter) and Sentinel of the Tarleton Collegiate FFA Chapter. He was an end on the Plowboys football team his second year, and a forward on the basketball team both years. He was a Captain in the Second Battle Group of the ROTC his second year, and a member of First Platoon Company G his first year. In his first year, he was also listed in "Who's Who in Grade Points," tied for first with six others.
(Photo courtesy Alyson Chapman, Communications Specialist, Media Relations office. Information about Stenholm's activities at Tarleton is from the 1958 and 1959 Grassburrs.)