Before the rise of Texas conservatism, Ann Richards gripped — and rankled — her home state with her silver-tongue and progressive policies. She may be known outside of Texas primarily for her quip as the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic National Convention — “Poor George,” she said of Republican presidential nominee George H.W. Bush, “he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth” — but Jan Reid’s new biography of her, “Let the People In,” argues that she deserves to be better remembered outside the state. Here’s a look back at her life.
c. 1935 Ann Willis Richards was born in 1933 in Lakeview, Tex., near Waco. Gene Dupre/The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin Buy Photo