Texas Office of the Governor:
An Inventory of Admiral Commissions at the Texas State Archives, 1973-1983
During the 1950s Governor Price Daniel popularized a tradition of Texas governors honoring citizens of Texas by proclaiming them “Admirals in the Texas Navy.” Citizens receive their honorary title for a number of reasons such as special achievement in government service or athletics. The criteria and the selection is at the discretion of the governor. Many citizens are nominated by their state legislators. Native-born Texans are designated as “admirals;” non-native Texans are “honorary admirals.”
Records consist of lists of names of Texas citizens commissioned as admirals in the Texas Navy by three Texas governors. The lists are from the administration of Governor Dolph Briscoe (1973-1979), the first term of Governor William P. Clements (1979-1982), and the first year of Governor Mark White's term (1983).
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(Identify the item), Admiral commissions, Texas Office of the Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1993/024
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor, via the Information Services Division of the Texas State Library, on October 20, 1992.
Paul Beck, November 1994
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