Dr. Robert G. Mangrum, a native Texan, is currently the Coley Distinguished Professor of American History at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He is also the University Historian and is currently writing a history of Howard Payne University which was established in 1889.
Since the fall of 1980, Dr. Mangrum has served at Howard Payne University in various positions including Chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Geography, the Burress Professor of Genealogy and American History, and Director from 1984 to 1997 of the nationally known Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom on the campus of Howard Payne University. The Academy is the multidisciplinary honors program of the School of Social Sciences at Howard Payne University.
Dr. Mangrum earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Hardin-Simmons University, his Master’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of North Texas, and his doctorate majoring in US history with a minor in political science from the University of North Texas.
His dissertation was titled: “Route Step March: Special Union Army Units and the Prosecution of the War.”
Dr. Mangrum’s areas of specialization within American history are Civil War and Reconstruction, Military History, Early 19th century, and Texas History. Dr. Mangrum is a member in good standing of the following professional associations: American Historical Association since 1976, the Southern Historical Association since 1974 and the Organization of American Historians since 1974. He is also a member of the American Military Institute, Texas State Historical Association, and the Texas Oral History Association. Dr. Mangrum has written numerous papers for a variety of historical publications.
Honors for Dr. Mangrum include Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and the Directory of American Scholars.
Dr. Mangrum served in the United States Army, on active duty from May 1970 to December 1973, and active reserve till June 1998, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. For 10 years, he was on the graduate faculty of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Dr. Mangrum is beginning his fourth term as the Mayor of Early, Texas. He has been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution since 1982 and is formerly a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He is active in his church and university committees.
He is a model railroader and is a member of the National Model Railroad Association and a Master Model Railroader, a certificate awarded only to those members who complete 7 achievement program certificates.