The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 391
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The Death of Senator Coke
preacher rather than the sect. Mrs. Coke was a Baptist and so
he was more inclined to that church than any other.20
Telegrams came to Mrs. Coke from senators, representatives,
governors, and citizens expressing sympathy. Among those who
wired they would come to the funeral were Governor Charles A.
Culberson, ex-Governors Richard B. Hubbard, L. S. Ross, and
James S. Hogg. Many resolutions were passed and transmitted to
the Coke family. Both houses of the Texas legislature put in
formal terms their expressions of appreciation and sympathy.
Waco citizens drafted one of the most eloquent statements but
even more indicative of the greatness of Coke was the resolution
adopted by the Texas division of the Grand Army of the Repub-
lic. It reads as follows:
Whereas the Kit Carson Post, Grand Army of the Republic, Depart-
ment of Texas, has learned with regret of the death of Hon. Richard
Coke, ex-Governor of Texas and ex-United States senator; now there-
fore, having interest in all that concerns our state and country, we
feel called upon to express ourselves on this sad event.
Resolved, that we recognize in Hon. Richard Coke a gentleman, a
scholar and a citizen of truest courtesy, deep learning and unbounded
patriotism, one who in life was of inestimable benefit to the state,
nation and the world, and one whose death entails an irreparable loss
and bereavement which we feel in common with our fellow citizens.
Resolved, that we join with those who have expressed high respect
and honor for the dead statesman, and in sympathy and condolence
to the bereaved family of the late distinguished Richard Coke.
Resolved, that ex-Senator Coke's conciliatory language in public
utterances, coming from a Confederate veteran, and his considerate
manners and unfailing courtesy to us of the other side, entitle him
to expressions from us as a Grand Army post. May his grave be kept
green and his memory abide in the hearts of Texans, American vet-
erans, both the gray and the blue, who will scatter flowers there at each
returning decoration day. j. MCCUNE, Post Commander
H. E. CONGER, Adjutant.2
The body of ex-Senator Coke was removed from his residence
on Sunday morning, May 16, and placed on a catafalque in front
of the altar where he lay in state for those who had not been to
his home to pay their respects. The platform of the tabernacle
2lIbid., May 17, 1897, p. 1.
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