10 Facts About Don Yarborough


Donald Howard Yarborough was an American liberal Democratic politician who was among the first in the US South to endorse the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Don Yarborough's father was the president of a bank in New Orleans that went bust during the Great Depression; so Don was sent to Mississippi temporarily.


Don Yarborough served one year in China at the close of World War II.


Don Yarborough earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1950.


Shortly after earning his law degree, Don Yarborough re-entered the Marine Corps to serve during the Korean War as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.


Don Yarborough then returned to Texas to establish his own law firm and take part in civic affairs.


In 1956, as president of the Houston Junior Chamber International, Don Yarborough won the national debating championship for the organization.


Don Yarborough ran for governor again in 1964 and 1968.


Don Yarborough played a role in the Council for a Livable World and was a founding member of biotech research companies.


Don Yarborough was married three times: to Katherine Edwards Yarborough in 1960, to Gail Lind in 1978, and Houston realtor Charity O'Connell Yarborough in 1984.