The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 24
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THE LIFE OF COLONEL R. T. MILNER
In the race for the governorship of Texas in 1890, Milner's
former opponent for the legislature, Webster Flanagan, se-
cured the support of the Republican convention for his can-
didacy. This time General Flanagan had a bigger man to
oppose in the person of James Stephen Hogg, the former at-
torney general. Hogg's platform, which was victorious, rec-
ommended the passage of an amendment to the constitution
of Texas providing for a railroad commission, favored prohib-
iting the acquisition of land by land corporations, sponsored
efficient free schools during terms of six months, recommended
that a home be provided for the disabled Confederate soldiers,
and favored separate coaches for white and negro passengers
In the same campaign, Milner was nominated for representa-
tive from his district and elected without opposition.x" Before
the Twenty-second Legislature convened, he was already being
mentioned as the next speaker. The Houston Post had predicted
it, and other papers such as the Rusk County News, Mineola
Monitor, Jacksonville Banner, Garrison Headlight, Nacogdoches
Sun, Texas Labor Journal, Gregg County Clarion, Timpson
Times, Austin Globe, Morris County News, Canton Telephone,
Tyler Courier, Panola Watchman, Texas Mesquiter, Marshall
Messenger, Tyler Record, Texas Lasso, New Birmingham Times,
Center Champion, Texas Tribune, Memphis Avalanche, Long-
view Record, Cherokee Herald, and Crockett Courier endorsed
the idea. Others of the same opinion commented:
The Reflector sincerely trusts that Hon. R. T. Milner
will be elected speaker of the house in the next legis-
lature. He is one of the best men in the public service
in the State and would make an excellent presiding
officer in the body named.-Hillsboro Reflector.
119Undated clipping from the Austin Globe in Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook,
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