A Guide to the R. E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, undated
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Robert E. Cofer (1870-1944) graduated from the University of Virginia in 1870 after studying law. He moved to Gainesville, Texas, where he practiced law for the next 17 years, eventually becoming a judge. An leader of the Texas prohibition movement, Cofer represented Cooke County as a Democratic state senator from 1909 to 1911, when he became a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. After some controversy over Cofer's political activities, he resigned in 1921 and returned to private practice.
"Cofer, Robert E." Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Legal documents, correspondence, clippings, an outline and a diary compose the Robert E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, documenting Cofer's life and career in Texas education and politics. Some correspondence and legal documents relate to settlement of Cofer's debts and claims, while the remaining letters and clippings concern his support for prohibition. The collection also includes an outline for a class at the University of Texas School of Law and a pocket diary chronicling Cofer's activities in January 1910, while a Democratic state senator from Cooke County.
This collection is open for research use.
R. E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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