The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 447
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What James Stephen Hogg Means to Texas
President Theodore Roosevelt upon his visit to Texas. Up until
the day of his death, in the prime of his life in 19o6, before he
had reached his fifty-fifth birthday, he continued to be a potent
factor in the public life of Texas and the nation.
Every person who knew Governor Hogg testified to his great-
ness. A man impressive in physical appearance, he dominated any
gathering, large or small. He was an overpowering stump speaker.
To a naturally acute and penetrating mind were added the
outstanding moral traits of courage and honesty. Today, in an
epoch when the ultimate goal which most persons seem to be
seeking is temporal, material security, it should serve to bring
us back to reality to contemplate the career of James Stephen
Hogg. Never, except perhaps in the last few years of his life, was
he in a position of security, financial or otherwise. In his boyhood,
he witnessed the tragedies of war and civil disorder and the
wiping out of his family's personal fortune. He had to struggle
to earn enough to clothe and feed himself and his family, and
all of his education he gained through his own individual study.
In his early youth he entered politics, that most insecure and
uncertain of all occupations, with the purpose not of getting a
job to make a living but of being a real leader of his fellow
citizens. Throughout his political career he was violently opposed
by the most highly organized special groups with their highly-paid
lobbyists. He fought them unceasingly but fairly, and so far as
the record discloses, he never compromised his principles or
yielded to the dictates of mere expediency. He left public office
poor in material wealth but rich in the respect and admiration
of the people of Texas. His life may be truly characterized as the
story of the triumph of strong and independent character over
adversity and unrelenting opposition.
Texans have boasted with good reason of their material re-
sources. All about us today in this great State Fair are exhibits
which give graphic demonstration of the agricultural, commercial,
and industrial wealth we have attained. But our greatest asset
has been and always should be the character of the people who
live here. So long as the people of Texas can produce leaders like
James Stephen Hogg, we can face the future with confidence.
May God grant that we may have the guidance of men like him
in the awesome days that lie ahead.
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