Harte, Houston (1893–1972)

By: Edward H. Harte

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: January 1, 1995

Houston Harte, newspaperman, was born on January 12, 1893, in Knob Noster, Missouri, the son of Edward Stettinius and Elizabeth (Houston) Harte. He attended the University of California for a year and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1915. He was business manager in 1916 and then editor and publisher of the Missouri Republican in Boonville, Missouri, until 1920; Harte also served in the United States Army as a captain in 1918–19. In 1920 he purchased the San Angelo, Texas, Evening Standard, and in partnership with Bernard Hanks in 1927 formed what became Harte-Hanks Communications. In 1972 the chain consisted of one television station and nineteen newspapers, including the Abilene Reporter-News, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the San Antonio Express and Evening News, (see SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS) and the Paris Evening News. That year the total circulation of the chain, covering six states, was over 600,000. Harte served on the board of the Associated Press from 1935 to 1946, and he received the medal of merit for journalism from the University of Missouri in 1931. Harte was instrumental in preserving Fort Concho in San Angelo, and he was on the committee that saved the Dwight D. Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison (see EISENHOWER BIRTHPLACE STATE HISTORIC SITE). In 1949 Harte's edition of Old Testament stories entitled In Our Image was published by Oxford University Press. He was a member of the Texas Relief Commission in the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He married Caroline Isabel McCutcheon on March 26, 1921; their two sons both became newspaper publishers. He died in San Angelo on March 13, 1972, and was buried there in Fairmount Cemetery.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Publishers and Executives

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

Edward H. Harte, “Harte, Houston,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 11, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/harte-houston.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995