Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Ben Glusing Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Benjamin A. Glusing
Title Ben Glusing Collection
Dates: 1923-2016
Abstract: The Benjamin A. Glusing Collection was donated in parts over thirty years. Ben donated favorite historical books, items of local interest and personal items from his office. The collection chronicles events of his life in Kingsville as a lawyer for the King Ranch and the town. He was involved at the state level as a legislator and the local level in community activities and his church's organizations.
Identification A1979-006; A1986-027; A2001-013; A2003-008; A2011-014; A2013-027; A2016-031
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Glusing%20EAD
Quantity: 3 linear feet
Location: Container: A2013-027: I-9-2, Boxes # 1-2; A2016-031: I-9-2, Boxes # 1-2; Rare Books, Photo Files, and Flat Files 13/1, 25/2, 25/3, 25/4
Language: English

Historical Note

Benjamin A. Glusing was born in Redfield, Kansas on February 3, 1916 to Rudolph and Katherine Glusing. He graduated from Washburn Academy, now Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1937 with a degree in economics. His first position was an on-air broadcaster for KRIS in Corpus Christi. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 he served with a military police unit in Brownsville. December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Glusing served in the Pacific Theater during the war. He was discharged in 1946 to Washington D.C. where he attended law school at Georgetown University. Upon graduation he moved to Kingsville, Texas where his sister lived. Glusing began practicing law under Kleberg County Attorney Jack Kidd and later had a law partnership with local attorney Nelson Sharpe. The King Ranch was a client of Glusing and he assisted the Ranch in legal matters for twenty-five years. He served for ten years, from 1953 to 1962, as a representative in the Texas Legislature, representing Nueces, Kleberg and Kenedy counties. He married Nell Buchanan Jack on January 19, 1956; they had one son, James Jack "Jim" Glusing. Nell died in 1978. Glusing served on the board of the State Bank of Texas for more than 50 years, was a member of the Kingsville noon Rotary Club for sixty-seven years, held a variety of lay positions in the Church of the Epiphany in Kingsville and was active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains books about Texas and servicemen letters from World War II. Pictures from local rodeo events and shots of Texas A&M University-Kingsville are included. The last accession of materials was donated in Ben Glusing's name by his son Jim Glusing. They include papers from his office and pictures of his life presented at his one hundred year birthday party.


Materials are organized by format and in chronological order. Last Accession, A2016-031, is arranged by Series: I. Photographs II. Personal documents III. Legislative documents IV. Kappa Sigma documents

Index Terms

Glusing, Benjamin A., 1916-2016
Glusing, Nell Buchanan Jack, 1921-1978
Glusing, Rudolph
Glusing, Katherine
Kidd, Jack
Sharpe, Nelson
Glusing, James Jack "Jim"
State Bank of Texas
Washburn College (Topeka, Kan.)
Kappa Sigma Nu
KRIS Broadcasting
United States -- Army
World War, 1939-1945
Georgetown University
King Ranch, Inc.
Texas -- Legislature
Kingsville Rotary Club
Church of the Epiphany (Kingsville, Tex.)
Boy Scouts of America
Geographical Names
Redfield (Kan.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
Brownsville (Tex.)
Pacific Ocean
Washington (D.C.)
King Ranch (Tex.)
Kleberg County (Tex.)
Nueces County (Tex.)
Servicemen, Military