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Myra McDaniel

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Administrative Lawyer
State Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chocolate (Dark)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1932
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Administrative Lawyer
State Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chocolate (Dark)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1932
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Myra McDaniel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Eva and Toronto Atwell on December 13, 1932. McDaniel attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Girls and went on to receive her B.A degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. McDaniel then worked several administrative jobs at Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio and at Indiana University and received her J.D degree from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1975.

McDaniel was hired by the Attorney General’s Office in Texas and worked her way up to chief of the taxation division in 1979. She then worked as counsel for the Railroad Commission. McDaniel then entered private practice in Midland Texas, but Governor Mark White appointed her as General Counsel to the governor. In 1984, she became the first African American in Texas history to serve as the Secretary of State. In this position, McDaniel was also the highest- ranked African American appointee in the history of Texas government. McDaniel then entered private practice in 1987 with Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever, and McDaniel, L.L.P., becoming the first African American woman to lead a major law firm as managing partner in 1995.

McDaniel has received numerous awards for her outstanding community service. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bishop Quinn Foundation in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and past senior warden of Saint James Episcopal Church.

McDaniel is married to Dr. Reuben R. McDaniel, Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, at the University of Texas at Austin. McDaniel passed away on February, 25, 2010.

McDaniel was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Myra McDaniel lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Myra McDaniel describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Myra McDaniel describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Myra McDaniel describes her mother's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Myra McDaniel describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Myra McDaniel describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Myra McDaniel describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Myra McDaniel describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Myra McDaniel remembers Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Myra McDaniel describes her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Myra McDaniel remembers the impact of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Myra McDaniel remembers the Philadelphia High School for Girls in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Myra McDaniel recalls her parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Myra McDaniel remembers her favorite literature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Myra McDaniel describes her aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Myra McDaniel remembers the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Myra McDaniel recalls holiday celebrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Myra McDaniel describes her work experiences after college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Myra McDaniel remembers meeting her husband, Reuben R. McDaniel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Myra McDaniel remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Myra McDaniel remembers the deaths of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Myra McDaniel recalls working at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Myra McDaniel recalls her experiences at Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Myra McDaniel recalls civil rights activism at Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Myra McDaniel describe her husband's 4-F draft status
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Myra McDaniel recalls moving to Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Myra McDaniel remembers the University of Texas Law School in Austin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Myra McDaniel recalls the lack of high profile female lawyers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Myra McDaniel remembers being hired by the Texas attorney general
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Myra McDaniel recalls her work for the tax division of the Texas attorney general's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Myra McDaniel describes her cases for the Texas attorney general's office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Myra McDaniel describes her work as general counsel to corporations in Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Myra McDaniel recalls her appointment as secretary of state in Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Myra McDaniel recalls her work as secretary of state in Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Myra McDaniel recalls meeting United States presidents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Myra McDaniel describes her travels abroad, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Myra McDaniel describes her travels abroad, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Myra McDaniel recalls her managing partnership of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Keever and McDaniel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Myra McDaniel remembers defending the City of Austin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Myra McDaniel describes her non-equity partnership at Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Keever and McDaniel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Myra McDaniel shares her advice to young lawyers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Myra McDaniel shares her advice to young lawyers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Myra McDaniel remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Myra McDaniel talks about Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Myra McDaniel describes her children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Myra McDaniel reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Myra McDaniel describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Myra McDaniel describes her role at St. James Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Myra McDaniel narrates her photographs