The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. LV APRIL, 1952 No. 4
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JAMES P. HART
THAT state is fortunate which can look back into its history
and find examples of great citizens to inspire it in times
of trouble. Texas is rich in its heritage of courageous
public leadership. Problems change as the world changes, but
the qualities that make men great remain constant. So we look
to our past, not to find specific solutions to particular problems
that vex and puzzle us, but to remind ourselves of the virtues
that our forefathers possessed that enabled them to master the
difficulties they met-virtues that we may aspire to realize in
ourselves so that we may not be overwhelmed by the waves of
perplexity and adversity that beat against us. In any list of great
Texans, James Stephen Hogg will be among the foremost. So we
may with profit re-examine and reflect on the story of his life,
in order that thereby we may gain the wisdom and strength to
follow his example.
The life of James Stephen Hogg spans a series of revolutionary
changes in Texas life. He was born near Rusk in Cherokee County
on March 24, 1851. At that time, Texas was just becoming
accustomed to its status as a member of the American Union
after a decade of precarious independence as a Republic. Mexican
rule had ended only fifteen years previously. The heroes of the
Texas Revolution-Sam Houston, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, and
*This address was delivered in the Hall of State on October 12, 1951, as a part
of the exercises sponsored jointly by the Texas State Historical Association, the
Texas Heritage Foundation, and the Dallas Historical Society for James Stephen
Hogg Day at the State Fair of Texas.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed December 25, 2014.