1959 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Determination gets you through hard times."
Benjamin Wooten was born and reared on a small farm near Timpson, Texas. As a youngster, he helped scratch out a living from the farm and wore homemade clothes. He picked cotton to help the family income, and when he was old enough to handle a saw, he worked with his father cutting cordwood for cotton gin operators. His first regular job was with a pipe line surveying crew. He paid for his first pair of trousers by picking and selling peanuts. He trudged three miles to a country store with a rooster under his arm and sold it for 15 cents. After graduation, Wooten served in the U. S. Army, and was a school teacher for a short period after World War I. In 1945, he became vice president of the Republic National Bank of Dallas. In 1950, he became president of the First National Bank of Dallas.* Deceased