The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 33
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A Glimpse into Dallas County Elections - 1922
Family stories are always interesting glimpses
into the lives of our ancestors. Proving them
can sometimes be impossible. The one about
M. L. Camp was substantiated from reviewing
many articles in the Dallas Morning News.
The Family Story
M. L. Camp worked in the Dallas County Clerks
office for several years. At some point he
decided to run for the County Clerk position.
He was defeated by the Ku Klux Klan because
he had married a Catholic. The defeat destroyed
him. He died a broken man.
Research and Conclusions
A search of the online database of the Dallas
Morning News determined that M. L. Camp ran
for the County Clerk position in 1922. He had
worked in the office since 1911-1912. In trying
to determine the truth about the Ku Klux Klan
many articles were reviewed, some are included
here so that the reader can obtain glimpse of
what the political climate was like in Dallas in
Mr. Camp ran against the incumbent County
Clerk, W. S. Skiles, who was sympathetic with
the Klan. M. L. threw his hat in the race at then
end of the filing period and immediately came
out against the Klan. He was defeated in the
race. The Klan was a prominent player in all of
the elections that year, not just in Dallas, but in
Texas and the entire United States.
*The following articles are reprinted with permission
of the Dallas Morning News.
21 March 1922
W. S. Skiles, Dallas County Clerk, Is to Be Candidate Again
An announcement for re-election was made
yesterday by W. S. Skiles. Dallas County Clerk,
subject to the action of the Democratic primary
next July. No one has announced for the office
yet in opposition to Mr. Skiles.
Before being elected County Clerk Mr. Skiles
was Deputy County Clerk for eight years,
serving as clerk of the Commissioners' Court.
Mr. Skiles has lived in this county twenty-one
years. He was born in Navarro County.
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