Harwood Hinton

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Harwood Perry Hinton

(Historian of the American Southwest)

Born March 26, 1927
Irving, Dallas County
Died September 6, 2016
Spouse (1) Mary Ann Brookshire Hinton (married 1955-1997, her death)

(2) Diana Davids Hinton (married 2005-2016, his death)

Religion Episcopalian

Harwood Perry Hinton (March 26, 1927 – September 6, 2016) was an historian of the United States who specialized in the American Southwest and edited the scholarly journal, Arizona and the West, established in 1959 and renamed Journal of the Southwest in 1987.

Hinton was born in Irving north of Dallas, Texas, to Harwood Hinton, Sr. (1872-1956), and the senior Hinton's third wife, the former Willie Mae Abbott (1889-1976).[1] He graduated from Irving High School and thereafter received in 1949 a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Master of Arts in history in 1955 from Columbia University in New York City and his Ph.D. in the same field in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin the capital city of Madison, Wisconsin. A veteran of the United States Army, Hinton was drafted in 1950 with military service in Japan.[2]

Upon his return to civilian life, he taught junior high school history in Odessa, Texas. On June 16, 1955, he married the former Mary Ann Brookshire (1933-1997). After he received his Ph.D., Hinton accepted a one-year assistant professorship at Texas A&M University in College Station. In 1961, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona at Tucson, at which he remained for nearly three decades. During this time he became editor of Arizona and the West and was one of the founders of the Western History Association.[2]

In 1960, Hinton finished his doctoral dissertation, The Military Career of John Ellis Wool, 1812-1863. Wool (1785-1869) fought in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the American Civil War. He also an authority on the southwestern cattle dealer John Chisum, played in the motion picture by John Wayne. His book titles include History of the Cattlemen of Texas and Thurber, Texas: Life and Death of a Coal Company Town.[3] He was a consultant in Hollywood for western films. He spent most of his time mentoring his students with suggestions as to how they might develop new historical topics and locate historical resources. Many of his students became teachers, scholars, and authors.[2]

In 1991, Harwood retired from the University of Arizona, and he and Ann relocated to the capital city of Austin, Texas. Once settled there, he became one of the editors of The New Handbook of Texas, compiled by the Texas State Historical Association. He was a life member of the association, as well as of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. In both Tucson and Austin, he was an active participant in the Civil War Roundtable. He was affiliated with the Conference on Big Bend Studies and was a past president and board member of the Lubbock-based West Texas Historical Association. During his last years in Midland, Texas, he continued his research and writing.[2]

Harwood was preceded in death by his parents, two half-brothers, first wife Ann, and son, John Harwood Hinton. He was survived by his second wife of eleven years, Diana Davids Hinton, whom he wed in 2005, after seven years as a widower; two children, Mary McAdow and James Hinton; step-daughter, Christina Olien Bosco, six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Services were held on September 13, 2016, at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Midland. Interment followed the next morning at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, where his parents are also buried.[2]


  1. Willie Mae Abbott Hinton. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 21, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harwood Perry Hinton (1927-2016) obituary. Arizona Daily Star (September 11, 2016). Retrieved on May 21, 2017.
  3. A Guide to the Harwood Hinton Collection, 1874-1995. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved on May 21, 2017.