The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 50
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
from Washington to Austin to undertake the arduous labor of or-
ganizing a system which should curb the rapacity of the roads of
the State might well have deterred the hardiest. And yet the
Senator, despite his seventy-two years, took up the burden and
carried it to a most successful ending. After ten years of this
exacting routine he retired to his home and began-a labor which
had been alas! all too long neglected-his Memoirs. Year after
year he had planned to take up this work, so much demanded by
the public, but his sense of duty and service were to him inex-
orable. Happily, when the final summons came, the written record
Up to the very last Judge Reagan never lost interest in politics,
and it can be said without fear of contradiction that his influence
did more than all else to secure for Judge Parker the support of
Texas and the South. He was deeply concerned in the so-called
reorganization of the Democratic party, eager to see the two parts
again united; and the result of the election cast him down in
spirit, for he realized that the organization he had seen control
the government for decades was no longer intact, and that a period
of political chaos was already entered upon - a period in which
the trusts and protected industries promised to riot and the people
For a number of years the judge served as president of the Texas
State Historical Association, manifesting a warm interest in all
that pertained to the annals of so splendid a Commonwealth. He
himself had seen her as independent Republic, as State, as mem-
ber of the Confederacy, and again of the Union. It was a long
period and a brilliant one-and Judge Reagan's life had been
woven into the fabric of the history of the State; woven in the
warp and woof-woven imperishably.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/54/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.