The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 61
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
Following the publication of the announcement of his retire-
ment from the presidency of A. & M., Colonel Milner was
deluged with letters, some entreating him to reconsider his
action, others commending him for having bucked the Governor,
but by far the most (as far as the contents of his portfolio
of private papers indicate) advising him to announce his can-
didacy for governor. To these suggestions Milner made no
direct reply but informed the reporters that he would make a
public statement later.
A few editorials which are representative of those appearing
at this time are quoted below.
Breckenridge Democrat, June 19, 1913: A. [&] M.,
like all the other state institutions, is honeycombed with
rotten politics, and Bob Milner is too honest a man to
be the pliant tool of unscrupulous ringsters. Had he
not been a man of extraordinary executive ability he
could not have held his position and maintained his
integrity as long as he has.
Austin Statesman: R. T. Milner has resigned as
president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Governor Colquitt will not weep, at any rate. What
prompted the president to resign, we know not.
Hillsboro Mirror: Governor Colquitt, speaking re-
garding the resignation yesterday of Colonel Milner,
of the A. & M. College, said today:
"The appointment of Col. Milner's successor is in
the hands of the regents of the A. & M. College. I
shall not make any attempt to dictate who shall be
The promised statement by Colonel Milner was impatiently
awaited by both his personal correspondents and the daily press.
It did not appear for more than a month after his resignation;
then, on July 27 came a lengthy explanation to the people of
Texas: It appeared in the Dallas News under the title: "Milner
Gives His Side of Dispute; A. & M. President Charges Governor
with Transcending Authority; Power Was Usurped." In the
note of transmittal to the people, Colonel Milner recalled to
them his promise to go further into his resignation, and
In the meantime I addressed a few pertinent ques-
tions to the Governor in answer to which he prepared
210Clippings in A. & M. Scrapbook, University of Texas Archives.
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