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WEINERT, HILDA BLUMBERG

WEINERT, HILDA BLUMBERG (1889–1971). Hilda Blumberg Weinert, Democratic party activist, was born on April 19, 1889, in the farming community of Schumansville, Texas, the daughter of Emma Henrietta (Meyer) and Henry J. Blumberg, descendents of early German settlers of the area. She graduated in 1906 from Seguin High School and in 1907 attended Southwest Texas Normal School in San Marcos. She taught school in La Vernia in 1908 and in Seguin for several years. She was married to Hilmar H. Weinert on June 23, 1915, and the couple had one daughter. From 1926 to 1955 she served on the board of trustees of the Seguin Independent School District and was the board's chairman for fifteen years. She organized the first safety patrol in Texas schools. Hilda Weinert, who came to be known as Texas's "Mrs. Democrat," served as a delegate to every national Democratic convention from 1936 to 1968 and missed only one county and one state committee meeting during those years. In 1938 the State Democratic Committee admitted women to its membership for the first time, and Weinert was chosen to represent her district. She became the first woman vice chairman of the State Democratic Committee and served as national committeewoman from 1944 to 1957 after Clara Driscoll's sixteen years. Weinert's election over Driscoll represented the victory of conservative, anti-Roosevelt party regulars over the pro-Roosevelt "bolters," who had walked out of the 1944 state convention. In 1957 the liberal Democrats elected Frankie Randolph, who held the position until 1960, after which Weinert was reelected. Weinert, a loyal Democrat, supported Adlai Stevenson in the national presidential election in 1952, when the Democratic State Executive Committee split with the national party leadership and supported the Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican ticket. During World War II President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Weinert a consultant in civil defense; President Harry S. Truman appointed her to the Board of National Prisons for Women. October 13, 1964, was declared "Hilda B. Weinert Day" by Governor Price Danielqv, and her portrait, painted by Herman De Jori, was hung in the Capitol. She served as regent of Texas Lutheran College for more than twenty years. In 1956 she received the Texas Heritage Foundation medal. She received two honorary doctorate degrees, one in 1953 from Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) and the second in 1971 from Texas Lutheran College. She was at the time of her death chairman of the board of the Seguin State Bank and Trust Company and of several companies formerly headed by her husband, who died in 1956. Hilda Blumberg Weinert died on May 23, 1971, at her home in Seguin and was buried in San Geronimo Cemetery in Guadalupe County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Austin American, June 16, 21, 1953, May 24, 1971. Austin American-Statesman, July 23, 1944. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who of American Women (1958–59).

Crystal Sasse Ragsdale

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Crystal Sasse Ragsdale, "WEINERT, HILDA BLUMBERG," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwe14), accessed April 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.