In the Governor's shadow : the true story of Ma and Pa Ferguson / Carol O'Keefe Wilson.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: 2014Edition: First edition.Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781574415636; 1574415638.Subject(s): Governors -- Texas -- Biography | Women governors -- Texas -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: In the Governor's shadow.DDC classification: 976.4/06092 LOC classification: F391.F47 | W55 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Prologue: A tainted victory -- 1. Tangled family roots -- 2. Life unencumbered -- 3. Political plunge -- 4. Keeping secrets -- 5. Guilty knowledge -- 6. It is good to be king -- 7. A season of success begins to fade -- 8. A falling out and a fall from grace -- 9. An investigation -- 10. Testimony most telling -- 11. In his own words -- 12. The crane swoops in -- 13. The ruling and the aftermath -- 14. Let's try this again -- 15. Seeking redemption -- 16. Optimistic defeat -- 17. The accidental Governor -- 18. Shadow Governor -- 19. See Ma run (again) --20. Coming back (1927/1932) -- 21. Twice the vice -- 22. Sunset -- 23. Cross, double cross -- 24. The last act -- 25. Not your average Ma and Pa -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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.