The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 259
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George and Juliette George brought out Woodrow Wilson and
Colonel House, a Personality Study (Dover, 1964), and American
Heritage magazine has carried Charles Seymour, "End of a
Friendship" (August, 1963), C. T. Grayson, "Colonel's Folly
and the President's Distress" (October, 1964), and an earlier
article by R. S. Rifkind, "Colonel's Dream of Power" (February,
1959) . Most books and articles dealing with House are concerned
with the Colonel on the national scene. But before he got there
Colonel House had many years of experience in Texas politics-
"a record that has never been equalled"-and Rupert N. Rich-
ardson is the first person to explore in depth House's extraordi-
nary accomplishments during the "Texas Years." Students of
Texas history associate Richardson's name with his widely used
text, Texas, the Lone Star State, and it was while working on
that volume that the author began collecting materials for the
The first part of the book traces House (his family had come
to Texas during the republic) from his birth at Houston on
July 26, 1858, through his boyhood during the Civil War and
Reconstruction, his education in the East, his marriage and early
business interests, and eventually his move to Austin in the early
188o's. Austin provided House-along with some inherited
wealth, as well as his own success in business-with the opportu-
nity to have wide contacts on the economic and political scene.
In 1892, House had charge of Governor J. S. Hogg's second
campaign and after his re-election Hogg gave House the title of
colonel, which would accompany him through life. Others whose
campaigns House managed were Governors C. A. Culberson
(1895-1899), Joseph D. Sayers (1899-1903), and S. W. T. Lan-
ham (1903-1907), as well as Railroad Commissioner Allison
Mayfield. Richardson examines the records of the men House
chose to support and concludes they "were worthy men, several
of them outstanding for their effective service, none discredit-
able." By 1911, House was active in the Democratic party on
the national level. He became interested in the record of Wood-
row Wilson, the two men became close friends, and House's in-
fluence was important in Wilson getting the Democratic nomi-
nation for President. With the exception of Chapter XI "The
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