Born April 23, 1923 in Uvalde, Texas, Dolph Briscoe was a descendant of a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. His father was a close friend of Governor Ross Sterling, who once allowed young Briscoe to sleep in Sam Houston's bed in the Governor's mansion. Briscoe graduated from the University of Texas in 1942 and then joined the Army, serving in the China-Burma-India theater. He served in the legislature from 1949-57, where he promoted farm-to-market roads, which greatly enhanced the livelihood of rural Texans. He then left politics to manage his family's ranching and business interests, becoming one of the state's leading ranchers. He spearheaded efforts to eradicate the screwworm, a deadly menace to cattle.
Briscoe returned to Uvalde to manage his vast ranching and business interests. Today, he serves as senior chairman of the First State Bank in Uvalde and continues to be active in all phases of cattle ranching.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: link: Texas State Library.