Carly the Texan

Try as they might, Yankeeland just can’t escape Texans running for president: Cruz, Jeb, Rand. But none of these three have the deep roots Carly boasts, even if she left her hometown of Austin at age two and eventually became a Californian.

Cara Carleton “Carly” Sneed Fiorina is a fifth-generation Texan, with a father who was a teenage cowboy in the Panhandle before he became a distinguished law professor and conservative federal judge, and at least a cousin who was also a judge in the 1860s and a Confederate provost marshal in Austin during the Civil War.

You won’t find that last reference in this revealing portrait of her roots by Austin’s daily, which is much nicer than you might expect from a Democrat newspaper in a Democrat town. I picked up that little detail on my own, when I got to know the Sneed family of the 19th century via their crumbling old home which, in the 1980s, still overlooked I-35 in South Austin. This good article explains.

Carly’s still my favorite of all the candidates. The only one I like as well is Dr. Carson.

8 responses to “Carly the Texan

  1. I never knew about the Sneed house and family.

  2. We’re even because I never knew Carly was a Sneed, mainly because I never read her memoir. Sebron, whom I am presuming was one of her cousins, probably safely since Sneed is not exactly a common name, was not a popular man during the war. Provost marshals seldom are. Draftees (and captured deserters) had to assemble in front of his home for transport to the war.

    When I wrote about him and the house, the city was looking for some descendant or other relative to take responsibility for the property and maintain it. They never found one willing. Nowadays, I understand, it’s no more than a few crumbled walls. Back in the ’80s, you could climb the stairs to the ballroom that ran the length of the attic. They held dances up there.

  3. “Nowadays, I understand, it’s no more than a few crumbled walls” yeah I saw some recent pictures. It looked a lot like one of those old ruined abbeys in England (with graffiti). It was still strange I missed it, my family lived for awhile in the 60’s and 70’s on David Moore Dr. off of Slaughter Ln. which isn’t too far away. The Moores were a story unto themselves, I can still remember seeing the old Moore Plantation slave quarters off of Slaughter just west of where S1st dead ended into Slaughter at that time.

  4. When I saw Sebron’s abode it was shabby enough and hidden by a thicket of brush and young trees such that it wasn’t visible if you didn’t know it was there. You had to leave the car on William Cannon and walk in carefully to avoid getting whacked in the face by a branch. The obscurity saved it for a while. My articles revealing its existence probably hastened its demise.

  5. The author of that piece spent quite a few words inflicting current political correctness upon people of the past (and present}. I liked the pictures though.

    • “inflicting current political correctness upon people of the past (and present}.”

      They learn it in journo school. I was always suspect because I never got a journo degree.

  6. I only hope that she will do better for US economy than she did for HP…

  7. I don;t know what you’ve read about her supposed damage to HP, but my niece worked for them when Carly was CEO and really admired her.