The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 32
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tion and observed: "While it is rather early for nominations
this is a good one and the Reflector rises to second it. Milner
is one of the truest and best of the public men of Texas and
would make an excellent lieutenant-governor." The Times
printed both statements and added: "The Times force is author-
ized to state positively that the 'present representative from
Rusk' will not be a candidate for lieutenant-governor."38
The Hopkins County Democrat, backing "Hon. Trav. Hen-
derson of Lamar County" that year for the same office, indi-
cates in its observations that the boom for Milner was fairly
generalized. "We notice in the Central and Southeast Texas
papers, a half dozen or more, including one or two probably
in North Texas, who mention the name of Col. R. T. Milner as
a suitable candidate for lieutenant-governor." While the Demo-
crat could not abandon its own candidate, it could and did
say of Milner:
The Democrat unhesitatingly endorses every good
thing these papers say of Col. Bob Milner, and will go
further: The veteran of the East Texas press, its
nestor, is not only good material for lieutenant gov-
ernor, but he is worthy and capable of filling the gov-
ernor's place or occupying a seat in the halls of Con-
gress. His ability, his legislative experience and his
long and able services to democracy, and his unim-
peachable democratic record not only fit him for those
high and important positions, but entitle him to fa-
vorable consideration of the democracy of Texas whom
he has served so long, so faithfully, and with such dis-
Later, during the session of the Twenty-second Legislature,
Colonel Milner was mentioned as a possible candidate for the
governor's office. The Dallas Times-Herald agreed with the
Brenham Banner, "an ardent anti-administration paper," that
to speak of the Honorable R. T. Milner as a gubernatorial pos-
sibility was a "deserved compliment" to the speaker. The Hen-
derson Times commented:
The esteemed contemporaries who have been so kind
as to mention the name of the editor of this paper for
that office will please accept thanks; but at the same
138"The Nomination Seconded," clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook,
137"The Lieutenant Governorship," an undated clipping from Mrs. Mil-
ner's Scrapbook, p. 15.
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