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H.Res. 519 (110th): Honoring the life and accomplishments of renowned artist Tom Lea on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 23, 2007 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

Source: GPO



1st Session

H. RES. 519

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

July 23, 2007


Honoring the life and accomplishments of renowned artist Tom Lea on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Whereas, 100 years ago on July 11, 1907, Tom Lea was born in El Paso, Texas, to former El Paso Mayor Tom Lea, Sr., and his wife Zola Utt Lea and spent the majority of his life in El Paso;

Whereas Tom Lea served as an accredited war artist correspondent for Life magazine during World War II, traveled over 100,000 miles as an eye-witness reporter, landed with the First Marines on Peleliu during 1942, and accompanied American forces in the North Atlantic during 1941, fighter pilots aboard the USS Hornet in the South Pacific during 1942, and American forces in China during 1943;

Whereas many of Tom Lea’s paintings from World War II are in the United States Army Center for Military History in Washington, DC, and are loaned to exhibitions worldwide;

Whereas, when accepting the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2000, George W. Bush quoted Tom Lea about living on the “sunrise side of the mountain”;

Whereas Tom Lea’s painting Rio Grande today hangs in the Oval Office at the White House;

Whereas Tom Lea’s works are found throughout Washington, DC and Texas, including in the Rayburn House Office Building, which displays his portrait of Sam Rayburn; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; the El Paso Museum of Art; the University of Texas at El Paso; Texas A&M University; and the University of Texas at Austin;

Whereas Tom Lea painted several notable murals, including the Texas Centennial mural and, under the Department of Treasury’s Section of Fine Arts mural competition programs, The Nesters mural for the Benjamin Franklin Post Office in Washington, DC; the Pass of the North mural for the Federal Courthouse in El Paso, Texas; the Stampede mural for the Odessa, Texas Post Office; the Comancheros mural for the Seymour, Texas Post Office; and the Back Home mural for the Pleasant Hill, Missouri Post Office;

Whereas Tom Lea was also an accomplished author and illustrator whose works included the two-volume annotated history The King Ranch (published in 1957), in addition to four novels and two non-fiction books, of which, The Brave Bulls (published in 1949) and The Wonderful Country (published in 1952), were adapted as screenplays for motion pictures;

Whereas Tom Lea during his life was honored with several awards, including the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the United States Marine Corps’ Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Great Westerners Award;

Whereas President and Mrs. George W. Bush are serving as Honorary Chairs of the International Advisory Board for the 2007 Tom Lea Centennial Celebration, a month-long series of events in the Southwest that seeks to ensure that the richness and diversity of Tom Lea’s legacy will nourish generations to come; and

Whereas Tom Lea’s war diaries are to be published by Texas A&M Press in 2008: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives honors the life and accomplishments of Tom Lea.

Lorraine C. Miller,