Colonel George Allen Day was born in Brownwood, Texas in 1928, where his ancestors moved in 1875 while it was a rowdy frontier settlement. His family line traces back to the Vikings who invaded England in 1066. An ancestor signed the Preamble to the Magna Carta. Ancestors fought on both sides of the American Revolution. The first was a Pilgrim, the second at Jamestown in 1642, the last as an indentured servant at Baltimore in 1775. One Cherokee and one Choctaw joined in the early 1800’s. One ancestor moved to Stephen Austin’s first Texas Colony in 1824, became a Catholic and a Mexican citizen. Others followed in 1826, 1836 and 1839.
He earned letters in football, basketball and track at Brownwood High School, college letters in football and basketball, and was a Golden Glover. At Texas A&M, he earned a math degree and the golden bar of a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served on line with the 45th Infantry Division in the Korean Conflict choosing to remain in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1980, retiring with a Judge Advocate rank of Colonel.
After Korea, he used the G.I. Bill to secure a Doctor of Laws from Texas University at Austin. He secured diplomas from the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, and with Top Secret clearance, a National Defense University degree.
Politically, he was elected to a Texas County Attorney’s office for twelve years, to a District Attorney’s slot for four years. His political career began in 1955 as an Assistant Sergeant of Arms in the Texas House of Representatives. He became a political activist working for Senator, then Governor Price Daniel, Sr., Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, Jake Pickle, “Tiger” Teague, Omar Burleson, and William O. “Bill” Blakely.
He served as Area Campaign managers for Congressman Jim Wright, Senator Lloyed Benson, Lt. Governor Ben Barns, Bob Bullock in both capacities as State Comptroller and Lt. Governor, and Ann Richards State Treasurer and Governor. From 1964 until 1984, he lobbied in Austin for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. As a true Texan and a loyal American, he offers his opinion, as they say, unfiltered.