By Carolyn Barta
In 1978, William P. Clements, Jr., was once elected the 1st Republican governor of Texas considering 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 kingdom identified for its unique political figures, invoice Clements is without doubt one of the such a lot colourful. He as soon as wrote, "Many symbolize Texans as being of 1 breed - Maverick. possibly this overview is true." It used to be actual of invoice Clements. As former President George Bush stated, "When you return in because the first Republican governor because Reconstruction, you have to holiday a bit china."
Clements proved Republican may possibly get elected to the state's best task and that you may functionality within the characteristically Democratic Texas country executive. "Clements could be judged as one in all a handful of Texas' most vital governors.... He was once most likely the catalyst that hastened the emergence of Republicans as a possible occasion down now to the courthouses," acknowledged George Shipley, a Democratic advisor in Austin.
But invoice Clements' lifestyles tale isn't just that of a governor and political trailblazer. the place most folk are lucky to reach one occupation, Clements succeeded in 3. From an preliminary funding in rusty rigs, he equipped 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 kingdom. Clements personifies adjustments that have been taking place in Texas, politically and economically.
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He was a good sport in losing, a magnanimous man in victory. One final word about this remarkable man. As a loyal Democrat I say: "Damn the guy! " But we don't talk about that. JAMES A. Bill Hobby at the 1978 inauguration. Page xi INTRODUCTION William P. , was nearing the end of his second four-year term as governor of Texas when he agreed to let journalism scholarship funds be raised at his expense at the annual Press Club of Dallas "Roast" in 1989. " He had endured endless jokes about his inexplicable taste for loud plaid sport coats, his irascible personality, his outspokenness, his sense of self.
Now we must adjust, and it could be painful. " Clements predicted in the interview that Carter's idea of conservation, without proper incentives to seek and discover new sources of energy, would eventually produce more unemployment, plus massive welfare needs. 3 Interest was high in the program that Clements had agreed to moderate at SMU. More than 2,000 tickets had been distributed, and the audience overflow was diverted to the student center where the proceedings could be viewed on closed circuit TV.
Burkburnett was only a middling field for about five years, until it hit its heyday in 1919 and became a boom town. 12 Perry Clements was following the activity in Electra and Burkburnett and saw opportunity in the fledgling North Texas oilfields. Clements had an outgoing personality and was a natural-born sales- Page 19 man; he became a broker selling oil leases and participation in oil wells. He ran the Oil Exchange, listing new wells on a big board and selling interests in them. Perry was also interested in a new residential development in DallasHighland Park.