Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 01, Spring, 2004 Page: 16
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might run as an independent, non-CCA candidate.
CCA officials and many prominent business
leaders considered Adoue a maverick and were
not pleased with his adversarial style or his positions
on many controversial issues. Under pressure
from the business establishment, the CCA
decided it could not support Adoue's bid for reelection
and sent an emissary to deliver the news
and attempt to strike a bargain with Adoue.
S. J. Hay, a past CCA president, met with
Adoue and explained that the CCA could no
longer support him, as he had become too controversial
a figure for the business establishment to
stomach. According to Adoue's version of this
meeting, Hay offered him the chance to name the
CCA ticket if he would withdraw from the race
and retire from city politics. In later comments on
this meeting, Hay did not deny that he had asked
Adoue to step out of the race, but vehemently
denied offering Adoue the chance to name the
CCA slate of candidates. As pressure mounted
and anti-Adoue sentiment grew, The Dallas
Morning Newls continued its frequent opposition
to Adoue by editorializing against him, claiming
he was wrongly and fundamentally opposed to
the council-manager form of government.
Feeling this pressure, and under strong
advice from his doctor, Adoue withdrew from
the race in January of 1953. In a formal, published
statement Adoue thanked his supporters
while explaining that in light of his health concerns,
the time had come for him to step down
from politics and re-focus his energies on his
family and many business interests. His gracious
exit from the race was well received by the press
and public, with even the Netws observing,"This
is a contribution to the peaceful and cooperative
development of Dallas such as only a big man
could give." In his statement withdrawing from
the race,Adoue probably best described his own
political philosophy and motivating principals by
ending with the statement: "I have earnestly
tried to do for all of our people that which I felt
was to their best interest, without favor to any,
because of position, race or creed."
After withdrawing from the race and retiring
from politics, Adoue continued to serve his
community and remained involved in many
civic affairs. Just three short years later he died
from a heart attack in his office at the bank on
November 19, 1956. Adoue had served Dallas as
an exemplary business and civic leader for many
years, and despite the controversial nature of his
style as mayor, he is remembered as successfully
challenging and changing the back-room style
of Dallas politics and amplifying the voice of
regular citizens in Dallas government. *
Acheson, Sanm. Dallas Ycsterday, ed. by Lee Milazzo. Dallas:
SMU Press, 1977.
The Dallas Alornini Nei'us, November 24, 1969.
Dallas Times Herald, May 2, 1949, and May 1, 1951.
Tile Newr H1landbook of Texas, s.v., "Adoue, Jean Baptiste,
Sr.," and "Adoue, Jean Baptiste, Jr."
Payne, Darwin. Big D: Trilmnplls and Troubles of an American
Snperity in the 20otl Celtitry. Dallas: Three Forks Press,
1993, revised 2000.
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