Chapter Two

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The Galveston Hothouse

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IN LATE APRIL 1892, the Galveston Free Press heartily endorsed the candidacy of George Clark—an attorney from Waco with extremely close ties to the railroads—for governor of Texas.

Clark was running for the Democratic nomination against incumbent James Stephen Hogg. A notable milestone of Hogg’s first term had been the creation of the Texas Railroad Commission—a powerful body modeled on the Interstate Commerce Commission that administered the state’s railroad-related laws. The legislation that created the Railroad ...

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