The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

Book Reviews

extravagant. On political matters, the author's touch is uncertain.
James S. Hogg did not convert Texas voters to Populist principles; he
sought the defeat of agrarian protest. Page did not convince Colonel
Edward M. House to support Wilson. He was one of the men who
brought House to Wilson's attention.
Written in a lumbering prose style, this study seems fleshed out with
extraneous material in places. Although it provides some useful in-
formation on a variety of progressive issues, the book remains less than
the sum of its parts.
University of Texas, Austin LEwIs L. GOULD
Executive Mansions and Capitols of America. By Jean Houston Dan-
iel and Price Daniel. (Waukesha, Wisconsin: Country Beautiful,
1969. Distributed by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. Pp. 290.
Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. $25.00oo.)
Mrs. Daniel and former Texas Governor Price Daniel have given
the public a large, handsome volume profusely illustrated with color
photographs of all the executive mansions and national and state
capitols. Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson has provided a foreword. The first
two sections of the book are devoted to these pictures and to the
descriptions of the buildings shown. Residences of the governors range
from Idaho's modest ten-room bungalow to the mansion in Atlanta
which in 1967 cost Georgia's taxpayers $2,500,000.
It is surprising to learn that seven states have never felt compelled
to furnish any housing for their governors, while many of the existing
mansions have undergone extensive changes over the years. A good
example is at Albany, New York, where the Victorian style house has
been referred to as "Hudson River Helter-Skelter." In the 192o's Al
Smith turned its backyard into a zoo, keeping deer, raccoons, monkeys,
a bear, and a goat named Heliotrope; Nelson Rockefeller, the present
incumbent, has endowed the mansion with his own collection of
modern art including Klee, Matisse and Pollock.
Texas' own beautiful mansion was designed in the 185o's by that
admirable genius, Abner Cook, and is an excellent example of what
is popularly called Greek Revival. The oldest of the buildings now
making up the state capitol complex in Austin, it stands amidst an
area once dotted by elegant residences now disappearing beneath the
bulldozer and the demands of the automobile culture. Like many old


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