This Day in Texas History: “Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado
This Day in Texas History:
“Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado
August 31, 1871
On this day in 1871, James Edward Ferguson, future Texas governor, was born near Salado, Texas.
During his first term the legislature passed several significant measures, including the tenant law, state aid to rural schools, compulsory school attendance, and several generous appropriation bills. He won his bid for reelection in 1916 by a majority of 60,000 votes. During his second term he became involved in a serious quarrel with the University of Texas and vetoed practically the entire appropriation for the university. At the same time a number of charges involving misappropriation of public funds and other financial irregularities were brought against him.
The end result was removal from office by a Court of Impeachment. Since he was subsequently ineligible to hold any public office, in 1924 and 1932 he ran the campaigns when his wife, Miriam, was elected governor. Ferguson died in 1944 and was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin. Ma Ferguson was elected governor on two different occasions
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