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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Edward Ferguson Collection, 1911-1936



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944
Title: James Edward Ferguson Collection
Dates: 1911-1936
Abstract: Correspondence, campaign material, financial and legal papers, speeches, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings comprise the James Edward Ferguson Collection, 1911-1936, documenting the life and political career of Governor James Edward Ferguson.
Extent 7 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Governor James Edward Ferguson (1871-1941) was born near Salado, Bell County, Texas to James Edward and Fannie (Fitzpatrick) Ferguson. After traveling throughout the western United States in his youth, Ferguson studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1897, and began a law practice in Belton. In 1899, he married Miriam A. Wallace with whom he had two children. In addition to practicing law, Ferguson was associated with the Farmers State Bank of Belton, was a member of the Texas Bankers Association, and helped to establish the Temple State Bank. He also aided the political campaigns of Robert L. Henry (1902), Cone Johnson (1908), Robert V. Davidson (1910), and Oscar B. Colquitt (1912).

In 1914, Ferguson was nominated by the Democratic Party and elected Governor of Texas. Controversy arose when Ferguson vetoed appropriations to the University of Texas in 1916. As a result, movements to impeach Ferguson led to his conviction and removal from office. He sought reelection in 1918, but was defeated by William P. Hobby for the Democratic ticket. Two years later, Ferguson ran as the American Party candidate for President of the United States. He was also unsuccessful in running for the United States Senate in 1922. Later, he became the First Gentleman of Texas when his wife Miriam served as the first female governor from 1925 to 1927, and 1933 to 1935.

Source:

Steen, Ralph W. “Ferguson, James Edward.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed September 21, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffe05.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, campaign material, financial and legal papers, speeches, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings comprise the James Edward Ferguson Collection, 1911-1936, documenting the life and political career of Governor James Edward Ferguson.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944 -- Archives.
Adoue, Louis A.
Colquitt, Oscar Branch
Culberson, Charles Allen
Dannebaum, Henry J.
Dienst, Alex
Ferguson, Miriam Amanda
Hanger, William A.
Henry, Robert Lee
Hobby, William Pettus
Moody, Daniel James Jr.
Poe, H. C.
Poindexter, William
Sterling, Ross S.
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
University of Texas at Austin -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects
Politics, Practical -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Banks and banking -- Texas -- History.
Political campaigns -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Cartoons, Political -- United States.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- Texas.
Labor and laboring classes -- Texas.
Politics and politicians -- Texas.
Prohibition -- Texas -- History.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- 20th century.
Temple State Bank (Temple, Texas)
World War I, 1914-1918
Women -- Suffrage.
Places
Texas. Governor (1915-1917 : Ferguson)
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Temple (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Bell County (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Texas. Office of the Governor

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Edward Ferguson Collection, 1911-1936, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, September 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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3P45 Correspondence:
1911-1915
January - May 1916
June - December 1916
1917
1918
1922-1930, undated
Campaign material:
1913-1918, undated
Financial material:
1913-1923
Legal material:
1916
Memorabilia:
1915-1926, undated
Notes:
1916-1924, undated
Newspaper clippings:
1912-1915
1916
1917
box
3P46 1918-1936, undated
Prohibition printed material:
1922, undated
Speeches:
1913, undated
Miscellaneous printed material:
1914-1918, undated
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OD1199 Political broadsides, 1915-1930, undated
“The Way the Fight Started” prohibition broadside, 1915
“German-American Alliance Made Plans to Control Texas; Was ‘Interested’ in Jas. E. Ferguson” Hobby Campaign Committee broadside, ca. 1918
“The Ferguson Platform” broadside, ca. 1923
“Bobbitt: Who is Robert Lee Bobbitt” broadside, 1930
“Hon. C. C. McDonald Lays Bare the Prohibition Plans” broadside, undated

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