In the Governor’s Shadow: the True Story of Ma and Pa Ferguson

Use of this book is restricted to the UNT Community. Off-campus users must log in to read.

Description

In 1915 Governor James Ferguson began his term in Texas bolstered by a wave of voter enthusiasm and legislative cooperation so great that few Texans anticipated anything short of a successful administration. His campaign was based on two key elements: his appeal to the rural constituency and a temporary hiatus from the effects of the continuous Prohibition debate. In reality, Jim Ferguson had shrewdly sold a well-crafted image of himself to Texas voters, carrying into office a bevy of closely guarded secrets about his personal finances, his business acumen, and his relationship with Texas brewers. Those secrets, once unraveled, ultimately ... continued below

Physical Description

xvii, 302 p. : ill.

Creation Information

Wilson, Carol O’Keefe 2014.

Context

This book is part of the collection entitled: University of North Texas Press and was provided by UNT Press to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 28 times . More information about this book can be viewed below.

Who

People and organizations associated with either the creation of this book or its content.

Publisher

Rights Holder

For guidance see Citations, Rights, Re-Use.

  • Wilson, Carol O’Keefe

Provided By

UNT Press

The University of North Texas Press was founded in 1987 and published its first book in 1989. Though it is the newest university press in North Texas, it has quickly become a leading press with the most titles in print (more than 300) and published (15 to 18 each year). The UNT Press is a fully accredited member of the Association of American University Presses. Its books are distributed and marketed nationally and internationally through the Texas A&M University Press Consortium.

Contact Us

What

Descriptive information to help identify this book. Follow the links below to find similar items on the Digital Library.

Description

In 1915 Governor James Ferguson began his term in Texas bolstered by a wave of voter enthusiasm and legislative cooperation so great that few Texans anticipated anything short of a successful administration. His campaign was based on two key elements: his appeal to the rural constituency and a temporary hiatus from the effects of the continuous Prohibition debate. In reality, Jim Ferguson had shrewdly sold a well-crafted image of himself to Texas voters, carrying into office a bevy of closely guarded secrets about his personal finances, his business acumen, and his relationship with Texas brewers. Those secrets, once unraveled, ultimately led to charges brought against Governor Ferguson via impeachment.

Refusing to acknowledge the judgment against him, Ferguson launched a crusade for regained power and vindication. In 1925 he reclaimed a level of political influence and doubled the Ferguson presence in Austin when he assisted his wife, Miriam, in a successful bid for the governorship. That bid had been based largely on a plea for exoneration but soon degenerated into a scandal-plagued administration.

In the Governor’s Shadow unravels this complex tale, exposing the shocking depth of the Fergusons’ misconduct. Often using the Fergusons’ own words, Carol O’Keefe Wilson weaves together the incontestable evidence that most of the claims that Jim Ferguson made during his life regarding his conduct, intentions, achievements, and abilities, were patently false.

Physical Description

xvii, 302 p. : ill.

Language

Item Type

Identifier

Unique identifying numbers for this book in the Digital Library or other systems.

Collections

This book is part of the following collection of related materials.

University of North Texas Press

Scholarly and general interest books published by UNT Press covering biography, history, culture, folklore, nature, cookery, arts, and more. Some items in this collection are restricted to use by the UNT community.

What responsibilities do I have when using this book?

When

Dates and time periods associated with this book.

Creation Date

  • 2014

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • Aug. 18, 2014, 2:33 p.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Feb. 12, 2015, 1:42 p.m.

Usage Statistics

When was this book last used?

Yesterday: 0
Past 30 days: 0
Total Uses: 28

Where

Geographical information about where this book originated or about its content.

Publication Place

Map Information

  • map marker Automatically generated Place Name coordinates.
  • map marker Automatically generated Publication Place coordinates.
  • Repositioning map may be required for optimal printing.

Mapped Locations

Interact With This Book

Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

Start Reading

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

International Image Interoperability Framework

IIF Logo

We support the IIIF Presentation API

Purchase a Copy

Wilson, Carol O’Keefe. In the Governor’s Shadow: the True Story of Ma and Pa Ferguson, book, 2014; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc330552/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.