Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) Historical

Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940) Historical (HM1U20)

Location: Terrell, TX 75160 Kaufman County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 44.263', W 96° 16.703'

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Twenty-fourth Governor of Texas (1911-1915). Known as "The Napoleon of Texas Politics" and "Little Oscar" because of his short stature, Colquitt was a strong and independent chief executive. His stump speeches were among the most effective of his times.

A descendant of American Revolution and Civil War fighters, Colquitt was born in Georgia. He worked as a tenant farmer and newspaperman before serving as a Texas Senator. He was railroad commissioner, 1903-1911, and his efforts in office for Galveston gained him the title "Daddy of the Causeway".

In his second race for the office, he was elected Governor on an anti-Prohibition ticket. His legal residence was in Terrell during both terms and he had owned the Terrell "Times-Star" in the 1890s.

While in office, Colquitt achieved prison reforms. (He campaigned with a bullwhip in hand to publicize prison brutality.) He helped preserve the Alamo as a Texas shrine. Homes for the insane and retarded were improved under him, and he also spearheaded advancements in education and backed labor bills.

In 1885 he had married Alice F. Murrell, by whom he had five children. After 1915 he entered private business and worked as a U.S. government official.
HM NumberHM1U20
Year Placed1969
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8498.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 755031 N 3625487
Decimal Degrees32.73771667, -96.27838333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 44.263', W 96° 16.703'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 44' 15.78" N, 96° 16' 42.18" W
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Area Code(s)972, 214
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-222 W Nash St, Terrell TX 75160, US
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