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Dan Moody

Mildred Paxton and Dan Moody

"Smiles tell the tale" reads the caption on this photo, taken during Moody's term as attorney general. Moody and Mildred Paxton were married on April 20, 1926, six months before his election as governor. They had two children, Dan Jr. and Nancy.

Mrs. Moody, a native of Abilene, had a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She was teaching journalism at Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University) at the time of her marriage to Dan Moody. As Texas First Lady, Mrs. Moody became interested in preserving the Governor's Mansion, and after her husband left office she was appointed one of the first regents of the historic home.

Governor and Mrs. Moody lived in Austin, where he practiced law. Governor Moody died in 1966, and Mrs. Moody in 1983.

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