Noted nutritionist Rod Preston has penned a biography about Dan Thornton, the Texas native and well-known Hereford breeder who served as Colorado's controversial governor from 1951-55.

In 359 pages, “Stetson, Pipe AndBoots — Colorado's Cattleman Governor” chronicles this self-made man's life from his early days as the son of a West Texas sharecropper to his cattle industry and political triumphs.

At the 1945 National Western Stock Show, Thornton's two Hereford bulls brought a then-record price of $50,000 each. Politically, Thornton is regarded as the person most responsible for locating the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The book (ISBN 1-4120-7182-8) is available by calling 1-888/232-4444, visiting, or sending $38 to Rod Preston, 191 Columbia Court, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-7650.