The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Book Reviews

As a vote-getting organization, the Republican Party of Texas
became nearly non-existent. Under the leadership of R. B.
Creager, 1916-1950, the principal activity was the dispensing of
patronage when Republicans were in power in Washington. In
192o, however, Harry M. Wurzbach was elected to congress as a
Republican. In 1922 the Negroes bolted the Republican Party
and took their votes to the Democrats.
In 1950 Ben H. Guill of Pampa was elected to congress. After
Creager died, Henry Zweifel and Mike Nolte, along with Marrs
McLean, took over the leadership but were strongly and success-
fully opposed by a new group, with H. J. Porter its head, which
hoped to turn the Republican Party into a true political entity.
Porter sided with the groundswell for Dwight D. Eisenhower in
1952 against Zweifel and the backers of Taft.
In 1954 Bruce Alger was elected congressman from Dallas. He
was re-elected often. In a special election in 1957 Thad Hutcheson
ran for the senate against a field of Democrats and placed third
after Ralph Yarborough. In 1960 John Tower lost to L. B.
Johnson, who became vice-president and resigned his senate seat.
In 1961 Tower won the special senatorial election in a run-off
against William Blakely. Ed Foreman was elected to congress in
The year of defeat for the Republicans in Texas was 1964.
They lost both of their congressmen and all but one representa-
tive to the state legislature. George Bush lost his campaign for
the senate against Ralph Yarborough.
These are only the highspots in a most revealing history which
should be important reading to all interested in government.
Houston, Texas
Diary of William Barret Travis, August 30o, 1833-June 26, 1834-
Edited by Robert E. Davis. Waco (Texian Press), 1966. Pp.
xvi+207. $6.95.
I hope that Robert E. Davis is keeping a diary. He may not have
stood firm at the Alamo, and probably would not have, for it does
not seem to be in his nature to stand still long enough to be typed.
He first came into view as a man who ran a good print shop, and
then felt his way up the ladder as a publisher of progressively
better and more successful books. And now he emerges as an


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