The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 185
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Woodrow Wilson's Visit to Texas in 1911
Lentz, former Ohio congressman, in Dallas on private business.
Lentz told a reporter that he "regarded Woodrow Wilson as the
logical candidate for President by the Democrats." The following
day the New Jersey State Democratic Convention met to adopt
a platform, and the one approved "was eulogistic of the Admin-
istration of Governor Wilson."3 The governor was chairman of
the committee on resolutions and following the group's adoption,
an assemblyman offered a motion pledging the support of the
convention to the governor for the presidency.
The Governor was on his feet in an instant and moved that the
resolution be laid on the table. Indication of a choice for the
Presidency, he said, was vested in the people through the election
of delegates to the National Convention and this is where the
matter should rest. The motion was adopted.4
A week later Frank Jenne Cannon, managing editor of the
Rocky Mountain News and a former congressman and United
States senator from Utah, was in Dallas. Interviewed in the lobby
of the Oriental Hotel, Cannon commented, "With Woodrow
Wilson or Champ Clark opposing W. H. Taft, I believe that the
Democratic Party can surely win the election next year." The re-
mark proved especially interesting to Texans, for the appearance
of Wilson had been publicized already, and on October 12, the
Knights of Columbus revealed that Champ Clark, Speaker of the
House, would visit Dallas on October 17. Tickets for his lecture
on "The United States of America in the Twentieth Century" at
the Lake Cliff Casino were priced at fifty cents for general admis-
sion, seventy-five cents for reserved seats, and one dollar for box
General interest had been aroused throughout Texas concern-
ing the activities and personality of the New Jersey governor.
To associate this new presidential prospect more closely with the
Democratic Party and to reassure Texans that Wilson was a Demo-
crat, Senator Charles Allen Culberson released the following
telegram from Edward Mandell House:
New York, October 2o, 19 11. Senator C. A. Culberson, Dallas, Texas:
Governor Woodrow Wilson informs me that he voted for Palmer
sDallas Morning News, October 3, 1911.
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