The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 143
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Senate. Before his six-year term was over, Governor Hogg pushed
through the Texas Railroad Commission Act and called Senator
Reagan to the mansion for a conference. Was it a good bill? The
best Reagan had ever read. Then the Governor dramatically ex-
claimed: "I am going to reach up and get the curtains of heaven
to clothe ... [the commission] in, even if I have to pull some-
body out of the United States Senate." The metaphor was mixed
but its meaning was clear to the Old Roman. He accepted, to
serve three terms by appointment and one term by election.
Strangely this man wanted the office of Governor of Texas more
than any he ever held, and in 1894, as Hogg's term was ending,
he campaigned for it. But he was a silver man, and the gold bugs
wrote the party platform; Colonel House was determined that
C. A. Culberson should be the next governor; and Hogg, on
whose support Reagan had counted, was out of the state during
the campaign. The convention gave its greatest ovation to
Reagan-and its votes to Culberson. It was Reagan's only defeat
in forty-five long years of distinguished public service. It rankled
but did not embitter him. Two years later he and Culberson, rec-
onciled, led the Texas delegation to the convention that nomi-
nated William Jennings Bryan for the presidency, and Reagan
briefly considered running again for the United States Senate
but settled instead for another term on the Railroad Commis-
sion which ended in January, 1903. That year the legislature
named a county for him. He retired to write his Memoirs and
to die, on March 6, 1905. Almost exactly a year later James
Stephen Hogg died. The passing of these two men marked the
end of an era in Texas politics. Has any giant comparable to
either of them arisen since?
Ben Procter has done his work well. To this generation Reagan
will mean more than a Coppini statue, or a name on a schoolhouse,
or a county on the Edwards Plateau containing the Santa Rita oil
well, about 3ooo people, and thousands of cows. It is a book
that Reagan's long-dead admirers-even Reagan himself-would
have appreciated; and it holds more than antiquarian interest for
people born during the twentieth century. The format is dig-
nified, handsome and sturdy, and is proper.
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