Wise About Texas Episode 002- The 1948 Senate Election

In this episode, we celebrate the rough and tumble world of Texas politics by examining the 1948 Senate election.  This election had strange events, Texas Rangers, guns and lawsuits!  Download this episode to learn how a small precinct in a small South Texas county changed the course of U.S. history!

George B. Parr
George B. Parr
Gov. Coke Stevenson (holding cigar) at the hearing in Alice.
Gov. Coke Stevenson (holding cigar) at the hearing in Alice.
The infamous Box 13
The infamous Box 13

 

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  1. I remember my parents took me to the 1953 Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo in the Old Colosseum (across from Where Allen Centre is now) . After the opening grand parade, 4 0r 5 splendidly dressed “Notable Guests” or patrons on horseback were presented in a spotlighted row to the public. When each of their names were called, they rode forward, took off their hats, and bowed to the applauding crowd, and then returned to the row. One of these men had the most stunning silver-mounted saddle I’d ever seen: there was more silver than leather visible on that saddle, and it glittered like diamonds in the spotlight. That saddle must have cost thousands of dollars. . . . . I couldn’t swear to it, but I seem to recall that the man’s horse was a handsome, flashy piebald who curvetted and half-rared on command. As his rider waved his fine white stetson to the crowd, a certain proportion booed. I remember my mother beside me hissing to my Dad , “That’s George Paar, the damned Duke of Duval County. . . “

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