A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

A so-called election was held in 1872, and by importing
negroes from the surrounding counties and
obstructing the white voters, the Republicans were
able to elect the entire city ticket and keep the same
gang in office. Retribution was near at hand, however,
for the next year the Democrats swept the
State and elected CokeGovernor. In January, 1874,
Houston was granted a new charter, by provision
of which the Governor was authorized to appoint
the city officials of Houston. Governor Coke lost
no time, but turned the Scanlan crowd out of office.
He then appointed Mr. Jas. T. D. Wilson,
mayor, and also appointed a board of aldermen
composed of respectable and prominent citizens. A
few months later an election was held and all the
gentlemen appointed by the Governor were regularly
There was little accomplished by the new administration
during their tenure of office. The affairs
of the city were so badly tangled and the bonded
and floating debts were so large that the city was
absolutely without money or credit. Under conditions
such as these it was not expected that anything
could be done beyond "standing off" clamoring
creditors and answering court summonses, for the
city was being constantly sued.
After holding office for one year the Wilson administration
retired and Mr. I. C. Lord was chosen
as mayor in 1875. I-e had all that his predecessor
had to contend with, and in addition there came up
the question of disposing of the interest the city had

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed June 30, 2015.