Oveta Culp Hobby was born in Killeen, Texas, and was educated at the Mary Hardin Baylor College for Women and the University of Texas Law School. She served as the parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives and research editor for the Houston Post. During World War II she led the War Department's Women's Interest Section and directed the Women's Army Corps. In 1953 she became the first Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
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