The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978

Book Reviews

and gain him the state's forty delegates in May, g 912. With the letters
printed here, it will no longer be possible to slight Love's role in Wil-
son's Texas campaign. They suggest again that a brief, analytic biogra-
phy of Love, based on his ample papers at the Dallas Historical Society,
is needed.
By the time Wilson visited Texas, Colonel Edward M. House had
hopped on board a bandwagon that he thought at last might carry him
to the national influence he craved. The two men met in late Novem-
ber, 1911, and the exchange of letters here recorded is the prelude to
the greater intimacy of 1912. The volume ends with the Wilson-George
B. M. Harvey quarrel that foreshadowed the roller-coaster fortunes that
Wilson would experience on the road to the White House.
The editing in this volume is as thorough and comprehensive as al-
ways. The letter from Thomas Watt Gregory to Wilson of September
4, 1911, in the House Papers, though not printed, seems as worthy of
inclusion as the matter-of-fact news account of Wilson's address at the
First Baptist Church in Dallas (pp. 510-511). This book is a valuable
source for Texas history and for Woodrow Wilson's significant place in
the state's political past.
University of Texas at Austin LEWIs L. GOULD
Robert S. Kerr: The Senate Years. By Anne Hodges Morgan. (Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1977. Pp. vii+337. Illustrations,
epilogue, bibliographies, index. $12.50.)
When he died on New Year's Day in 1963, Oklahoma's Robert S.
Kerr was loudly being proclaimed the "uncrowned king of the Senate."
As a senior member of the Appropriations, Aeronautics and Space Sci-
ences, and Public Works committees he had become a central figure in
the Congress and a key ally of President John F. Kennedy. A "wheeler-
dealer" in the Lyndon Johnson mold, Kerr traded votes on dams, mili-
tary installations, and space facilities to gain the largest number of fed-
eral dollars for the Sooner State. This book is not a full-scale biography,
but an effort to explain how a man from a small state came to wield so
much power in the nation's capital.
Born in Indian Territory in 1896, Kerr became an oil driller in the
late 192os. His Anderson-Kerr Drilling Company evolved into Kerr-
McGee Industries, and when Kerr died he left an estate of approximate-
ly $35 million. Morgan traces Kerr's early life, hisi business successes,
and his gubernatorial years (1943-1947) in a brief' first chapter. The


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