This day in Texas History: Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office

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This day in Texas History: Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office

This day in Texas History:
(from the Texas State Historical Association archives)

Governor Grasps at Federal Straw to Stay in Office
January 15, 1874

On this day in 1874, Democrat Richard Coke was inaugurated as governor of Texas. Nevertheless, Republican governor Edmund J. Davis refused to vacate the office.

Coke had overwhelmingly won the gubernatorial election in 1873. But the election was tainted by irregularities on both sides, and the state Supreme Court had voided the contest in Ex parte Rodriguez.

Davis cited these facts and refused to budge. He even called in the Travis Rifles, but these troops supported Coke when they got into the Capitol. Davis then appealed for federal troops to President Grant, who telegraphed a refusal. Coke took over when Davis resigned on January 19.

Edmund J. Davis

Edmund J. Davis

 

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