The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962

Woodrow Wilson's ' isit
ro rexas ii 1911
C. RICHARD KING
F IFTY YEARS AGO, OCTOBER, 1911, newspaper advertisements
extolled the advantages of a new seven-passenger model car
with a multiple vacuum exhaust, a gauge in the gasoline
tank, a running board tool box, and a price tag of $2,959. More
than $2oo,ooo had been expended on permanent improvements
at the State Fair Grounds. J. A. D. McCurdy was a big attraction
at the State Fair of Texas until he "tossed like a chip on an angry
sea" while negotiating a complete circle and was tossed fifty feet
to the earth in his biplane. Cal P. Rodgers, the birdman, stopped
there on his flight across the continent. Herbert A. Kline's midway
shows, approximately 2,000 fowls from ten states on exhibition
in the poultry division, grand opera, and a Texas Futurity horse
race with a $2,500 purse offered entertainment.
The most memorable aspect of the 911 Texas State Fair, how-
ever, was the appearance of the governor of New Jersey. Early in
October the Dallas Morning News announced that Governor
Woodrow Wilson would be the principal speaker at the American
Bible Society's tercentenary anniversary of the translation of the
authorized version of the Bible and that the dignitary had con-
sented to "speak in the race track grandstand" on the afternoon
of October 28.1
As early as August 7, 1911, approximately two hundred per-
sons, at the call of Thomas Bell Love, Dallas lawyer and Prohibi-
tion leader, met in Austin to set up a formal organization of
Texans backing Wilson for the 1912 nomination as president.2
On the day that Wilson's acceptance as speaker was announced,
the Dallas Morning News contained a statement by John Jacob
1Dallas Morning News, October 3, 1911.
2Arthur Link, "The Wilson Movement in Texas, 1910o-912," Southwestern His-
torical Quarterly, XLVIII, 171.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed October 21, 2014.