The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 56
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platform. A resolution to censure Houston because of his attitude
toward the Kansas-Nebraska bill was adopted. The first resolution
offered was very severe and caused much discussion. The follow-
ing substitute, offered by Judge Oldham, was unanimously adopted:
"Resolved, that this convention do most fully and cordially en-
dorse and approve the votes of Senator Rusk and Representatives
Geo. W. Smyth and Peter H. Bell upon the Kansas-Nebraska
act, and that we do further most decidedly disapprove the vote
of Senator Houston upon said act, as not in accordance with the
Democracy of Texas."30 And, according to the State Gazette,
the organ of the Democrats, the convention was heartily endorsed
by the leading newspapers of the State, as well attended, harmon-
ious and enthusiastic, and as having well and nobly performed
its duty in adopting the platform as it did.31
8. The Gubernatorial Campaign, 1857
The state campaign for the governorship in 1857 began in
1856. Names of desirable candidates as nominees for governor
began to be suggested by the newspapers in the fall of that year.
Even Houston's name, as that of a possible candidate, loomed
up, and the Southern Intelligencer took upon itself to warn the
people against him. This newspaper declared that if the people
agreed upon any one subject it was in their approval of the repeal
of the Missouri Compromise, and in their condemnation of all
who did not favor that eminently Southern measure; but that
General Houston had opposed that measure, and, more than that,
he had defended his action with all the arguments employed by
the Black Republican party."
The next year witnessed the beginning of the real struggle be-
tween Houston and his opponents for the good will and support
of the people. The first fully organized Democratic state con-
vention held in Texas for nominating state officers was held at
Waco in May, 1857. In order to unite and bind the Democrats
together in the canvass against Houston and his adherents for the
governorship and other positions in the state, a resolution was
8sLubbock, Six Decades in Texas. 202.
"State Gazette, February 23, 1856.
82Houthern Intelligencer, December 10, 1856.
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