Governor James Edward Ferguson August 31, 1871 -September 21, 1944

Governor James Edward Ferguson August 31, 1871 -September 21, 1944 (HMH6H)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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N 30° 16.362', W 97° 44.462'

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Governor Miriam A. Ferguson June 13, 1875 - June 25, 1961

James Ferguson, son of a Methodist preacher, and Miriam Wallace, daughter of a wealthy farmer, were Bell County natives. They married in 1899 and later settled with their two daughters in Temple. James, running as "Farmer Jim", won the Governorship in 1914. His first term saw improvement of rural schools and the prison system, and relief for tenant farmers. In 1917 he began a second term, but within months he was impeached on charges that included mishandling of state funds; convicted by a special session of the 35th Legislature; and removed from office. In 1924 the Texas Supreme Court upheld a law barring him from state office, so Miriam ran for Governor in his place.

Called "Ma" by the press, Miriam campaigned under the slogan "two Governors for the price of one". She beat the Ku Klux Klan candidate and in her first term (1925-27) supported an anti-mask bill that broke Klan power. Critics attacked her liberal pardoning policy. She defeated Gov. Ross S. Sterling to win her second term (1933-35), in the midst of the depression. After losing the 1940 Democratic primary, the Fergusons retired from long and colorful political careers.
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Marker Number14797
Year Placed1977
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621095 N 3349674
Decimal Degrees30.27270000, -97.74103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.362', W 97° 44.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 21.72" N, 97° 44' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13102-13202 Dessau Rd, Austin TX 78701, US
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