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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
Hon. R. T. Milner, of the Henderson Times, is fa-
vorably spoken of as a suitable man for speaker of the
next house of representatives. He, having been a lead-
ing member of the legislature for several terms, is
eminently qualified to fill the position with honor to
himself and the State. We wish to see him elected.-
Lone Oak News.
The next legislature will have to elect a speaker of
the lower house. In scanning the field in every direc-
tion we fail to find a gentleman more eminently quali-
fied for that position than Mr. R. T. Milner of the
Henderson Times. He is a fine parliamentarian, pos-
sessed of keen perception, and would preside over that
intelligent body with ability and honor to himself and
the great State of Texas.-Greenville Herald.20
In August, 1890, Milner had received a letter marked "Con-
fidential" from Governor L. S. Ross in regard to the speaker-
ship. It read:
I presume there is no doubt about your election to
the next legislature, and I am very desirous of seeing
you honored with the speakership. While it would not
be proper for me to become an avowed partisan for
any one, I would probably be able to speak a good
word for you now and then where it would do no
harm; now is your time! Go to work.'21
The race for the coveted honor was very close. "The Gos-
siper," one of Austin's newspaper columnists, confided:
Hon. J. N. Browning of Clarendon, Hon. R. T. Milner
of Henderson, Hon. J. H. Cochran of Dallas, and Hon.
J. M. Melson of Sulphur Springs, are candidates for
speaker of the House. The drift of conversation seems
to point to the first named as the strongest, and more
than one person declares one or the other will be
elected . . .
Among the members who had reached the city up
to yesterday afternoon it is nip and tuck between Mr.
Browning and Mr. Milner.''"
The Honorable James N. Browning of Donley, later lieuten-
ant-governor, received 50 votes to Milner's 53. In his speech
120Undated clippings in Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook, pp. 69-70.
121L. S. Ross to R. T. Milner, August 1, 1890 (Austin), R. T. Milner
Portfolio, University of Texas Archives.
122"The Gossiper," in the Austin Statesman, January 15, 1891, p. 3.
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