About the Authors

James L. Haley is the author of more than 20 books, including several on Texas history. They include The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836–1986; Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas; Sam Houston; and a 7th-grade biography, Stephen F. Austin and the Founding of Texas. He is also author of Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London. Haley, who lives in Austin, Texas, is the recipient of many prestigious book awards, including two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and two T. R. Fehrenbach Book Awards from the Texas Historical Commission. His fiction works include the four-volume Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure Series published by Penguin Random House: The Shores of Tripoli, A Darker Sea, The Devil in Paradise, and Captain Putman for the Republic of Texas (forthcoming in fall 2020).

Marilyn P. Duncan is an Austin-based writer, editor, and publications consultant. In addition to serving as Managing Editor of the Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Fall 2011–Winter 2020), she is coauthor and editor of the Society’s Taming Texas Book Series, including Taming Texas: How Law and Order Came to the Lone Star State, Law on the Texas Frontier, and The Chief Justices of Texas. Among other books she has developed and edited for the Society are The Laws of Slavery in Texas, The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836–1986, and Common Law Judge: Selected Writings of Chief Justice Jack Pope of Texas. As the Publications Director for the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs for many years, she led a variety of publishing programs, including the multi-year Guide to Texas State Agencies project and several public policy reports series.