Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 6 of 263
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INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF GOVERNOR JAMES V. ALLRED
Delivered Tuesday Noon, January 15th, 1935
Mr. President of the Senate, Mr. Speaker of the House, Membe)rs of the
Forty-fourth Legislature, Representatives of six million Texans, and
Within itself, the constitutional oath of office just administered is sufficient
to inspire the highest resolves and noblest impulses of the human
heart. To assume that obligation, even in ordinary times, immeasurably
thrills and stirs the souls of men. To take this time-honored oath, as
I am privileged, amidst these historic surroundings, upon the centennial
eve of our Lone Star State, is to me not only an honor beyond expression
but a challenge to action.
To our great commonwealth of citizens, I shall ever be grateful for
the honors bestowed upon me. May my every private and official act be
acceptable in their sight and evidence that their faith has been wellfounded.
talking to the nation on March i-t i, some two years ago, President
Roosevelt spoke at a time of great crisis. His inaugural address, a model
of brevity and frankness, will last as a pattern of inspiration for generations
to come. He gave us a new deal in words and speech as well as
in ideals and statecraft.
It was another great President, Woodrow Wilson, who first used the
expression, "open covenants, openly arrived at."
I trust that we may be able to inaugurate here today the forthright
policy in Texas of "open covenants, openly arrived at" between the people,
the Legislature, and the Executive Department.
I thank God I am not standing before you in times as distressful as
those under which the President came into National power. Under his
leadership, this Union of States has steadily gone forward. Our own
Lone Star State has played its part and we Texans may properly say
that no other state has ever more intelligently followed two such great
leaders as Wilson and Roosevelt. Texas stood united behind the great
War President and now stands behind the great Recovery President. I
pledge you that this administration will continue to go forward with
President Roosevelt whenever our state rights and duties may harmonize
with the objectives of the National Administration.
Our immediate Texas problems are recovery problems. They are not
the problems of your Governor alone; they are not the problems of the
Legislature alone. They are the problems of Texas. But, to a great extent,
their solution depends upon a sane, intelligent and, above all, a patriotic
approach by this Legislature and your humble servant.
Each generation, no doubt, feels that its problems most seriously
threaten the stability of government. This new day in Texas is no exception.
As we seek to revise our government to meet transition from old
to new circumstances of life, grave doubts assail us. Too many of our
citizens are on relief rolls; and fear clutches at the hearts of even those
fortunate enough to be employed. The welfare of all our people seems
to us at stake. Looking back a hundred years, however, to a state
Here’s what’s next.
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