300 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
Governors Who Have Been, and Other Public Men of Texas. By
Norman G. Kittrell. Houston, 1921. 301 pp., 8vo.
In the preface to the Memoirs of Governor F. R. Lubbock the
statement is made that the Governor had prepared manuscript
enough to fill several volumes, but in order to compress the data
into one volume the editor was obliged to pass over a "large
amount of biographical and other interesting matter." What was
discarded was also destroyed. Many who. knew Governor Lub-
bock's exhaustless fund of anecdote never ceased to deplore the
fate that befell his manuscript. Judge Kittrell has profited by
the Governor's experience, and offers first his volume of incident,
anecdote and bonmots. He has to a considerable extent retrieved
the loss suffered by the destruction of the Lubbock manuscript.
The volume covers the period from 1846 to 1921; much of what
is set down having been obtained from Dr. P. W. Kittrell, who
was in public life in Texas as early as 1855.
The author wrote when inclination prompted, and has cast his
materials into no, rigid form. Reminiscences of the governors and
other public men of Texas conveys, perhaps, a better description
of the book. The governors pass in review, and such incidents,
episodes or anecdotes as each suggests are given. Some characters
lend themselves to this sort of treatment more aptly than others.
Sam Houston and 0. M. Roberts stand out among the governors.
The judiciary is reviewed in similar style; W. P. Ballinger and
A. W. Terrell stand out most prominently there.
Judge Kittrell was reared on the borders of East Texas. To
him East Texas is to the balance of Texas, what Virginians and
South Carolinians are to the United States. East Texans were
all Confederates, but those who belonged to Hood's Brigade or
to the Terry Rangers rank just a little higher. The twenty dis-
trict judges who were removed in 1867 as "impediments to re-
construction" are played against the supreme court judges from
1867 to 1876. The decisions of these judges are contained in
Texas Reports 31 to 39, but are seldom cited. The district judge,
like "truth crushed to earth," later rose to distinction.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/. Accessed May 28, 2015.