Nebraska Authors

Orville D. Menard

Born 1933-04-04 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2014-01-10
Omaha, NE (USA)

Longtime professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Menard gained considerable local fame with his 1989 book on Omaha political boss Tom Dennison, and gave numerous presentations in character and costume as Dennison. U.S. Senator and later Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was a one-time student and friend, and Menard and his wife attended Hagel's swearing-in as Secretary of Defense.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Political Science; Military History; Omaha (Nebraska)--History and Politics; Nebraska--History


Bachelor of Arts, 1955, University of Omaha
Master of Arts 1961, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Ph.D, 1964, University of Nebraska Lincoln


Professor of Political Science

Places Worked

University of Nebraska Omaha


University of Nebraska Omaha Great Teacher Award, 1971
University of Nebraska Omaha Chancellor’s Medal, 1988


Senator Chuck Hagel , student


The Army and the Fifth Republic. 1967
Political Bossism in Mid-America: Tom Dennison's Omaha, 1900-1933. 1989.
Rulo to Lynch With Lewis and Clark: A Guide & Narrative. 2003.
River City Empire: Tom Dennison's Omaha. (with a foreword by Laurie Smith Camp, and a new introduction) 2013. - A retitled paperback version of Political Bossism in Mid-America.

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