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Mike and Alice Hogg Papers, 1919-1972 (bulk 1930-1941)

Biographical or Historical Note

Mike Hogg, Texas Legislator, businessman and civic leader in Houston, Texas was son to Governor James Stephen and Sallie Hogg, and brother to William, Ima, and Thomas Hogg. Mike was born in Taylor, Texas, 1885 and attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating in 1911. He then worked for the law firm of Gill, Jones, and Stone until 1914, when he joined his brother Will and Raymond Dickson in the cotton firm, Hogg, Dickson and Hogg. In 1917, Mike entered WWI as a lieutenant and was promoted to captain of the 360th Infantry, 90th Division. At the war´s close, oil was discovered on the Hogg family land in West Columbia, TX. To handle family finances, Hogg Brothers, Incorporated was formed in 1921 and brothers, Mike and Will were occupied with the business of investing in Houston real estate and civic projects. After his brother´s death in 1930, Mike became executor of Will Hogg´s estate and the manager of Hogg family finances, investments, and public projects.

Mike Hogg´s political activity began in 1927, when he was elected to the 40th Texas Legislature and followed with a second term in 1929. Hogg remained politically active during the final decade of his life, backing the repeal of state prohibition in 1935 and routinely supporting Texas Democratic candidates, both financially and through public endorsement. Although a devoted Democrat and by reputation a populist, Hogg became fervently opposed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt´s 1940 campaign for a third term. He managed the fundraising campaign of the "No Third Term Democrats" in Texas, while arranging an extensive speaking tour for his friend, writer and fellow "Wilkie Democrat," Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944). Irvin Cobb was best known as a writer of short stories published in the Saturday Evening Post between 1911 and 1922 and in Cosmopolitan from 1922 to 1932. In the mid-1930s Cobb moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film acting and screenwriting career, but remained in contact with the Hogg family, visiting them annually and working closely with Mike on political projects.

In 1929, Mike Hogg married Alice Frazer of Dallas and the two moved into a Houston home at 2007 River Oaks Boulevard. In 1931, they moved again to a residence at 2950 Lazy Lane, an address adjacent to Ima Hogg. Alice quickly became involved in the conservation activities of the River Oaks Garden Club, serving as president from 1931 to 1932 and again from 1938 to 1939.
Mike Hogg died in 1941 and was survived by Alice for 29 years. In 1948, Alice married Harry C. Hanszen, a Houston oil operator, chairman of the Rice Institute, and close family friend of the Hoggs. Alice Hogg Hanszen was a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1963 to 1977 and a collector of Pre-Columbian objects. In 1965 she made a significant gift of 324 Pre-Columbian works to the Museum, and continued to donate art to the MFAH until her death in 1977.

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