"Pappy O'Daniel" redirects here. For the fictional character, see O Brother, Where Art Thou?Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel (March 11, 1890 – May 12, 1969) was a conservative Democratic Party politician from Texas, who came to prominence by hosting a popular radio program. Known for his populist appeal and support of Texas's business community, Pappy O'Daniel was the governor of Texas and later its junior U.S. senator. Excluding the 1960 race for the Democratic presidential nomination in which Johnson contested none of the primaries, O'Daniel was the only person ever to have defeated Lyndon B. Johnson in an election. O'Daniel was also a songwriter who composed "Beautiful Texas".The 2000 Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou featured a character played by Charles Durning and named Governor Pappy O'Daniel, loosely based on the real O'Daniel, and set in Mississippi.