O'Neal named Texas State Historian
Author has covered local history
Published Aug. 26, 2012 @ 9:10 p.m.
Gov. Rick Perry has named Bill O'Neal of Carthage, TX State Historian for a two-year term. The author has written over 40 books and is especially well-known locally for The Bloody Legacy of Pink Higgins and The Johnson-Sims Feud: Romeo and Juliet, West Texas Style.
As the State Historian, O'Neal will be an ambassador for Texas History providing programs statewide and appearing at museums and historical conferences.
O'Neal is an award-winning nonfiction author and a history instructor at Panola College in Carthage. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, Society for American Baseball Research, Western Writers of America, and Wild West History Association Advisory Board, and a fellow and
past president of the East Texas Historical Association. He is also a board member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, volunteer Sunday school director for Central Baptist Church, and past board president of the East Texas
Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.
O'Neal received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in history from East Texas State University and
attended post graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin.