By Carolyn Barta

In 1978, William P. Clements, Jr., was once elected the 1st Republican governor of Texas on account that Reconstruction. Defeated for reelection, he regained the seat 4 years later, serving a complete of 8 years, longer than the other Texas governor.
In a nation identified for its designated political figures, invoice Clements is among the so much colourful. He as soon as wrote, "Many represent Texans as being of 1 breed - Maverick. probably this evaluation is true." It used to be precise of invoice Clements. As former President George Bush acknowledged, "When you return in because the first Republican governor given that Reconstruction, you have to holiday a bit china."
Clements proved Republican may well get elected to the state's most sensible task and that possible functionality within the ordinarily Democratic Texas nation executive. "Clements could be judged as one in all a handful of Texas' most vital governors.... He used to be most likely the catalyst that hastened the emergence of Republicans as a conceivable social gathering down now to the courthouses," stated George Shipley, a Democratic advisor in Austin.
But invoice Clements' existence tale isn't just that of a governor and political trailblazer. the place most folks are lucky to reach one career, Clements succeeded in 3. From an preliminary funding in rusty rigs, he outfitted a multimillion-dollar oil drilling contracting corporation well-known because the chief within the off-shore undefined. Spanning the times from oilfield roughneck as a tender guy to a livestock raiser in retirement, invoice Clements' biography is multiple man's existence tale. it is also a bankruptcy within the historical past of a nation. Clements personifies alterations that have been happening in Texas, politically and economically.

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One brother was killed in the battle; one was wounded and survived; and Roger was not hurt. When the West began to open up, descendants of Roger Clements moved from Clements Bottom to Indiana. Ollie was born in Lebanon, Indiana, married, and was widowed. In Forney he met a young widow named Louise Corinne Hearin Norwood, who had come to Texas after the Civil War from Alabama. Ollie and Louise, who each had a daughter, married in 1880. They had one child, William Perry Clements, who was born in Forney on November 16, 1883.

Texans elected Richard B. Coke as governor. Davis refused to leave office and appealed to President Grant to send troops to the state. Grant twice declined to intercede and advised Davis to submit to the people's decision. The obstinate governor, however, armed ex-slaves and radicals and barricaded himself in his office, surrendering only when the Texas militia surrounded the Capitol. Governor Coke had to break down the door to get into his office. Davis would prove to be the state's last Republican governor for 105 years.

Let's be frank. What would you demand? I mean, what would it cost us to get you into Texas? Whether you wrote the book or not. " After a long, reflective pause: "First, am I available? Have I the time to spend on a big deal like this? The answer is yes. Second, is Texas an inviting subject? You bet it is. Its wars with Mexico. Its existence as a free nation. Its great occupations of oil wells and cow-boys. It's a natural that any writer would grab at. But money? Now that's a ticklish problem, because I've never taken a nickel from anybody.

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