The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 332
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tion of the public official was to the people whom he represented.
There are no better judges of what is proper, or of the efficient
performance of duty than the great masses, who of right do, and
should forever, control this government. In them ... I confess my
confidence. To them .. I publicly acknowledge unfeigned gratitude.
And second, to Hogg the Constitution was indeed the "supreme
law of the land." The public official or agent of industry who
disregarded the Constitution or the laws enacted "in pursuance
thereof" was unworthy and should be driven from power. These
principles guided his public career.
The excellent, though brief, biographical sketch brings Hogg's
early life to his nomination as attorney general on August lo,
1886. His acceptance of the nomination characterizes his entire
life of honesty and frankness. Said he:
I have sought, obtained, and now accept with thanks the high trust .
I will fearlessly, impartially, and earnestly discharge every obligation
resting upon me, and I pledge you a record which you, as Democrats,
will not have just cause to complain of.
In accepting renomination two years later he said:
In the past the talisman of my life has been that palladium of the
Republic's safety, the Constitution. Its majesty has ever commanded
my most devout reverence, and within its shadow I shall continue
two years longer to stand at the post of official trust.
When Hogg opened his campaign for governor at his home
town of Rusk, he spoke for three hours to three thousand persons.
Two years later on a similar occasion at Wills Point the crowd
numbered eight to ten thousand. The speech of that day requires
forty-six and a half pages of the book. Railroads and other vested
interests came in for consideration. He condemned the holding
of vast land areas "in perpetuity" and ably discussed other issues
of the campaign. For his outspoken advocacy of education, at
whatever cost, he elicited a friendly letter from the chairman of
the faculty of the state University.
In accepting the nomination, after a field of six opponents had
dwindled by withdrawal to two, one of whom received no votes
in the convention and the other only eighteen, Hogg spoke with
brevity and modesty, commending the party platform as "devoid
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/378/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.